Saturday, 21 December 2013 - 07:00
Dutch selling 100 Leopard tanks
The Netherlands is selling 100 used Leopard tanks to Finland, according to news reports by Dutch media on Thursday. It is expected that both countries will sign an agreement in 2014, Macedonia Online said citing Dutch media reports. Under the deal, Finland is expected to pay €200-€250 million for the tanks. Leopard / Wikipedia The deal was confirmed by Dutch Defense Minister Antoinette Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert on Wednesday in the Dutch TV show, Pauw & Witteman. "It is almost certain," she said, but refused to talk about further details, which she claimed to be confidential. The Dutch army has not been using the Leopard tanks since 2011. The tanks were mothballed due to budget cuts. In 2012, Dutch parliament blocked a deal to sell 80% of those tanks to Indonesia for about €200 million due to concerns about the human rights situation in Indonesia.