Haluk Bayraktar tells CNN that he is proud the Bayraktar TB2 has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance against Russia.The CEO of Turkey’s Baykar, which makes the drones being widely used by Ukraine against Russian forces, has ruled out supplying the Bayraktar TB2 to Moscow.
In an interview with CNN on Monday, Haluk Bayraktar said Ukraine is “under very heavy aggression and disproportionate attacks”.
When pressed by CNN presenter Julia Chatterley, who repeatedly asked, “Would you supply Russia?”, Bayraktar responded: “We have not delivered or supplied them with anything, [and] we will as well never do such a thing because we support Ukraine, support its sovereignty, its resistance for its independence.”
Bayraktar said he is proud that Bayraktar TB2 has become one of the symbols of the Ukrainian resistance against Russia.
“It’s very touching,” he said, hailing “years of cooperation” and “strong bonds” with Ukraine.
Crowdfunding campaigns in Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland and Norway have been launched to buy the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the government in Kyiv.
“We have donated to this campaign and we have delivered our unmanned systems,” said Bayraktar.
Interviewed by CNN today regarding the Bayraktar TB2 and its operations in Ukraine and elsewhere. Thank you for hosting me @jchatterleyCNN pic.twitter.com/TTIkCVuJ9M
— Haluk Bayraktar (@haluk) July 18, 2022
Lithuanians raised nearly six million euros ($6m) for the drone in May, largely in small donations, after which its Turkish maker decided to donate it instead.
Baykar and Lithuania reportedly agreed that 1.5 million euros ($1.5m) would be spent to arm the dr …