Russian dictator Putin wants to cooperate with the Turkish company Baykar, which is the manufacturer of drones Bayraktar. This was announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting of the executive committee of the Justice and Development Party, reports CNN Türk.
According to Erdoğan, the aggressor country Russia and the United Arab Emirates want to work with Baykar.
"Putin told me he wants to cooperate with Baykar. He suggested building a factory in Russia, as the UAE did," he said.
Baykar CEO Haluk Bayraktar said in an interview with CNN that the company would never supply Russia with its drones.
Turkish-made drones have been in service with the Navy since 2021. After Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russians repeatedly resented the military cooperation between Kiev and Ankara. In particular, the media reported that Putin even resorted to blackmailing Erdogan with a continued ban on flights to Turkey (imposed due to the coronavirus) if Ankara did not give up selling Bayraktar drones and supporting Ukraine.