Foreign minister explains why Ukraine buying Turkish drones

Foreign minister explains why Ukraine buying Turkish drones

21.06.2021 14:50

Combat UAVs, which Ukraine has bought from Turkey, are needed primarily to deter Russia and to defend itself, not to attack. However, Ukraine is ready to use UAVs if Russia starts a large-scale conflict.

“Drones are needed to deter Russia. It will think twice before plotting an escalation or a large-scale attack on Ukraine. And it’s not just about UAVs, it’s about any kind of military weapons that Ukraine buys. We buy drones and other weapons to defend ourselves, not to attack… Russia makes efforts to prevent countries from selling weapons to Ukraine. Russia wants to weaken Ukraine. The weaker we are, the more opportunities Russia will have to impose something it wants to,” Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba told journalists today following the Antalya Diplomacy Forum, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

According to the minister, combat drones, like other weapons, play an important role in deterring Russia.

The minister praised Ukraine–Turkey cooperation in the military-industrial complex, in particular in the field of UAVs.

“Turkish drones are very good. Turkey does not succumb to Russia’s pressure. This is a country that has self-esteem and respect for other countries. And our agreement [on UAVs] benefits both parties. Strategically, we want to achieve two goals: equipping Turkish drones with Ukrainian engines and localizing wire production in Ukraine. We are working with Turkish partners in both areas, we are successful in this,” Kuleba said.

As a reminder, a new batch of Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles for Ukraine is being assembled in Turkey.

Turkish drones have proved their effectiveness in hostilities in Syria, Libya, and Nagorno-Karabakh region.

(C)UKRINFORM 2021

2 comments

  • Both RuSSia and Turkey are evil dictatorships. Turkey continues the genocide against the brave kurds, collaborates with Putler and oppresses christians. Ukraine needs REAL allies, which pretty much excludes the EU as well. I keep praying for better days in the future, since i could be the man for the future. Cheers! 😎

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  • onlyfactsplease

    I understand that Ukraine needs all the equipment that it can get in face of being in a struggle against Mordor. But, can’t they build their own? They’ve just released a cool-looking drone a few days ago. If it works as well as it looks, it could be the start of a new industry. Let’s hope so. Like Mike, I don’t really trust the Turks.

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