Chinese drone giant DJI suspends activities in Russia and Ukraine | The World | D.W.

Russia is the target of several economic sanctions due to the invasion of Ukraine and several Western multinationals have withdrawn from the country. But Beijing, which is a close diplomatic ally of Moscow, has so far refused to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

DJI is one of the few Chinese companies that has publicly made the decision to suspend its activities in Russia.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov wrote a letter to DJI last month accusing the Russian military of using the company’s drones to attack civilians. “We ask your company to cease all relations and business with Russia,” Fedorov urged in the letter he posted on Twitter.

The Chinese company responded to him on Tuesday (04.27.2022) in a statement: “DJI is internally evaluating the compliance requirements in various jurisdictions,” it said. “Pending this evaluation, DJI will temporarily suspend all business activities in Russia and Ukraine,” he added.

rml (dpa, ap)