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The Military Security and Intelligence Agency and the Military Police have recently found out that it is necessary to re-examine the overhaul and procurement of MiG-21 aircraft, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, adding that tasks were being performed with existing resources and that Croatia's airspace was under control and safe.

The ministry said it would continue to act in line with the valid legislation and the demands of relevant state bodies because of serious indications of worrying actions which could affect Croatia's defence readiness.

The defence minister, in coordination with the military chief-of-staff, set up an expert commission to examine if the said aircraft were technically serviceable and could be used, the ministry said, adding that the commission proposed measures that need to be taken.

Jutarnji List daily said today that the Military Police were conducting a big investigation into the overhaul of Croatia's MiG-21 combat aircraft in Ukraine due to irregularities and suspicion of corruption. In July 2015, Ukraine delivered 12 overhauled aircraft to the Croatian Air Force and after eight months it has only three at its disposal, as five have been withdrawn, the daily said.

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