Manufacturer of Bayraktar drones rules out selling them to Russia

Bayraktar TB2 drone. Photo: Bayhaluk, CC BY-SA 4.0

Haluk Bayraktar, CEO of Baykar, which manufactures the famous Bayraktar TB2 drones, told CNN that his company has not supplied and has categorically ruled out ever supplying its products to Russia.

“Turkey and Ukraine have a strategic level of relations, especially in the field of aerospace and defence. These are years of effort,” said Mr Bayraktar. “Turkey is supporting Ukraine with armed drone technology. We also buy engines for drones from Ukraine. We have built relations with Ukraine based on a win-win principle, which gives advantages to both countries. And in that regard, we clearly support Ukraine.”

Asked about the possibility of supplying Baykar’s products to Russia, he said that would never happen. “We have not delivered or supplied them [Russia] with anything and we will never do such a thing. We support Ukraine, we support its sovereignty, we support its [struggle] for its independence,” Bayraktar said.

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