PM Pellegrini halts military purchases before the 2020 election

The Defence Ministry wanted to buy military equipment worth more than €1.3 billion.

Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš (foreground) and PM Peter Pellegrini attend a ceremony togetherDefence Minister Peter Gajdoš (foreground) and PM Peter Pellegrini attend a ceremony together (Source: Defence Ministry)

Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer) recently surprised the Slovak National Party, Smer’s junior coalition partner, when at the government's session he refused to discuss three military purchases, the Denník N daily reported.

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“Given the current state of public procurement, we shall consider whether to deal with this material at all during this term,” Pellegrini said, as quoted by Denník N.

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Meanwhile, the Public Procurement Office (ÚVO) is looking into the tenders.

The Defence Ministry, led by Peter Gajdoš (SNS), has planned to buy the military equipment, including 4x4 vehicles, 8x8 transporters and air-defence radars, for more than €1.3 billion before the 2020 election.

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