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Czech Defense Ministry Unaware of Hungarian T-72 Tanks Purchase

RIA Novosti

18:31 28/08/2014 MOSCOW, August 28 (RIA Novosti) - The Czech Defense Ministry is unaware of any T-72 tanks being transported from Hungary into the Czech Republic, Director of the Communication and Promotion Department at the ministry Jan Pejsek told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

“The Czech Defense Ministry does not have any information about the transportation of T-72 tanks by a Czech company from Hungary into the country,” Pejsek said.

The Czech Industry and Trade Ministry told RIA Novosti that it had issued no license to any Czech firm authorizing the import of Hungarian tanks.

On Monday, Czech company Excalibur Defense Ltd. began transporting 58 T–72 tanks, purchased from the Hungarian Defense Forces, into the Czech Republic, the Hungarian government website said. These 58 tanks could have been drawn from Hungary’s reserves of about 120 T-72M tanks.

According to a representative of Czech holding Excalibur Group, Excalibur Defense Ltd. is a Hungarian company that used to be linked to Czech company Excalibur Army Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Excalibur Group. Excalibur Army Ltd. has not yet provided any comments on its possible link to the purchase of tanks.

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