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Ankara: Turkey cannot be blamed for the supply of UAVs to Ukraine

Written by The Frontier Post

ANKARA (TASS): Turkey cannot be blamed for the supply of Turkish attack unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Ukraine, as this is in line with the partnership plan with NATO. This opinion was expressed on Saturday by Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar.
“Turkey is actively cooperating with Russia, Ukraine, and NATO allied countries in various fields, including the defense industry. One of the consequences of such interaction was the supply of strike UAVs to Ukraine. The decision to purchase drones was accepted by Kiev, and An-kara cannot be blamed for anything. It is worth recalling that Ukraine has the status of a NATO partner with enhanced capabilities. The increase in the defense potential of this country is listed as one of the points of the Ukraine-NATO individual partnership plan,” the Anatolian Agency quoted him as saying. .
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) has previously confirmed that the Ukrainian military on October 26 for the first time used the Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicle supplied by Ankara in the Donbass. The commander of the joint forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Sergei Naev, said that Bayraktar always take to the air with live ammunition and are used where “reinforcement is needed.”
At a meeting of the permanent council of this international organization in Vienna, Permanent Representative of Russia to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich emphasized that the use of such equipment is prohibited by the Minsk agreements, and is also not allowed by measures to strengthen the regime of silence agreed in July 2020. Concerns about reports of the use of the Bayraktar drone by the Ukrainian armed forces were expressed by the foreign ministries of Germany and France.
In addition, in Decem-ber, Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with Turkish partner Recep Tayyip Erdogan. During the conversation, the Russian leader pointed out that Ukraine continues its destructive line, the purpose of which is to disrupt the Minsk agreements, as evidenced by the provocative activity of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the conflict zone, including the use of Bayraktar strike drones, which Ankara supplied to Kiev. When discussing the problems of the internal Ukrainian crisis, it was also noted that it is important to fully and strictly observe the Set of Measures for the Implem-entation of the Minsk Agr-eements, which was signed in 2015, and other agreements, including those in the Normandy format.
Bayraktar is a Turkish-made strike drone with a range of 150 km, a cruising speed of 130 km/h and a payload of up to 50 kg. It is equipped with an automatic takeoff and landing system. Back in 2019, Kiev purchased and tested these UAVs.

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