The Czech Republic is preparing big cuts in defence spending and strategic contracts in its state budget as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. "I do not think we need the new tracked infantry fighting vehicles [IFVs] immediately but we need other items for this war [against Covid-19]," Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said during a government press conference on 17 March.
Czech Finance Minister Alena Schillerová told Czech TV on 21 March that the first step would be for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to postpone CZK3 billion (USD116.5 million) worth of contracts that were to be awarded this year.
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