Russia Gets Frustrated With Turkish-made Bayraktar Combat Drone in Ukraine

MOSCOW, – Russia is worried about Turkey’s decision to sell drones to Ukraine. Turkish-made combat drones risk destabilizing the situation in Ukraine. Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have escalated since the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on Ukraine’s deployment of the Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone to attack positions of Russian-backed separatist groups on the border.

“We have very good relations with Turkey, but in this situation, it is unfortunately our concern that the delivery of this type of weapon to the Ukrainian military has the potential to destabilize the situation in the line of contact,” Peskov said, quoted by Reuters on Wednesday (10/27/2021).

Russian-backed separatists have been fighting government forces in Ukraine’s Donbass region since 2014. Ukraine says at least 14,000 people have died since the conflict.

“We see that once these weapons fall into the hands of the (Ukrainian) military, they have the potential to be used in (eastern) Ukraine and this leads to destabilization. This does not contribute to solving this internal Ukrainian problem,” Peskov said.

Ukraine is buying Turkey’s Bayraktar drones to strengthen its military, and has even struck a deal to produce similar drones at a factory near the capital, Kiev.

Editor : Anton Suhartono

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