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Croatia France

Croatia buys used Rafale fighters, as France eyes 12 new jets (Jaroslaw Adamowski, Defense News)

During French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Croatia last week, Defence Minister Mario Banožić and his French counterpart Florence Parly signed a deal under which the Croatian Air Force will acquire 12 second-hand Rafale F3-R fighter jets.

It is noteworthy that, to replace the aircraft sold, France’s military will order 12 new Rafale fighters in 2023, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2027, said Hervé Grandjean, a spokesman for the French Ministry of Defence, as quoted by local news agency AFP.

Croatia buys used Rafale fighters, as France eyes 12 new jets (defensenews.com)

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Croatia Greece Romania

Croatia, Greece, Romania illegally pushing refugees back: Report (David Child, Al Jazeera)

Croatia, Greece and Romania have carried out hundreds of illegal refugee pushback operations at the European Union’s external borders since early 2020 as part of a “violent campaign” to deny access to asylum, a new report alleges.

The findings, published on Wednesday by the Amsterdam-based investigative news organisation Lighthouse Reports, reveal that masked security forces and police units in the three EU member states have repeatedly taken coordinated, clandestine action to prevent asylum seekers from crossing their borders.

Croatia, Greece, Romania illegally pushing refugees back: Report | Migration News | Al Jazeera

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Croatia Hungary Russia TurkStream

Gazprom starts supplying gas to Hungary, Croatia via TurkStream from October 1 (TASS)

Gazprom has initiated natural gas supplies to Hungary and Croatia over the new route using the TurkStream gas pipeline, the Russian gas holding said on Friday.

“Deliveries of Russian natural gas to Hungary and Croatia have started today along the new route – over the TurkStream gas pipeline and downstream using national gas transport systems of Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary,” the company said.