January 3, 1991 |
Hungary, attempting to meet its defense needs independently of Moscow for the first time in decades, wants to buy much of the arsenal of the former East Germany. Defense Ministry spokesman Gyoergy Keleti said the items his country wants include 360 T-72 tanks, 350 BPM infantry fighting vehicles, 50 million rounds of ammunition and 100,000 anti-tank guided missiles.
May 10, 1990 |
In a sign of Hungary's drift from the Kremlin's orbit, the newly elected Parliament on Wednesday applauded an opposition proposal that Hungary withdraw from the Warsaw Pact and suspend all military exercises with the alliance until the break can be formally negotiated. In another development, Defense Minister Gyorgy Karpathy confirmed reports that Hungary has sold Soviet-built MIG jets to the United States but denied that the sales disclosed any Soviet military secrets.
November 4, 1990 |
Gearing up to go out of business, the six Warsaw Pact nations Saturday signed an agreement on how to share a pared-down inventory of tanks and artillery, the last major obstacle to a European conventional arms treaty that will be signed in Paris later this month. The agreement fixes distribution of 20,000 tanks and an equal number of artillery pieces among the member nations. It was signed in a ceremony at a Hungarian government guest house.
July 27, 1990 |
Moscow has tightened the taps on its much-touted "Friendship Pipeline," cutting oil deliveries to Eastern Europe and inflicting new strains on its troubled relations with erstwhile allies. The abrupt reductions depriving former Soviet satellites of as much as one-third of their regular fuel supplies have boosted both energy prices and anti-Soviet sentiment.
December 15, 1991 |
Under a cold gray sky, U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney stood shoulder to shoulder with his Czech counterpart here and watched as the grim and greatcoated soldiers of a former adversary goose-stepped past him. The ritual greeting by a friendly nation last week marked the start of the first visit ever by an American defense secretary to Prague and, with it, the end of an era in which Pentagon officials shunned Eastern European countries and demonized their militaries.
May 11, 1990 |
A rogue business enterprise covertly sold to foreigners two high-tech items from the Soviet military arsenal, MIG-29 jet fighters and T-72 tanks, in "dirty and shameful" deals, according to the KGB, the state security agency. The latest chapter in arms sale scandals in the East Bloc was revealed in the agency's monthly publication, "KGB U.S.S.R."