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Bulgaria defense ministry to propose government to start talks with US for F-16 jets

SOFIA, Dec 21 - Bulgaria's defense ministry commission will recommend the government starts talks with the United States to acquire F-16 war planes to improve its compliance with NATO standards, the defense minister said on Friday.
The United States, Sweden and Italy have filed bids to supply Bulgaria with eight fighter jets aimed at replacing its aging Soviet-designed MiG-29s, in a tender estimated at 1.8 billion levs ($1.05 billion).
"If the government agrees with the report's recommendation, the parliament will have to approve it and talks with the United States will start," Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov told a news conference.
The government is expected to decide how to proceed next month.
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