Daily Sabah
June 2, 2022

Finland hints at buying Turkish drones in charm offensive amid NATO row

In what is seen as an effort to persuade Ankara to back its NATO application, Finland on Wednesday suggested it may be interested in buying Turkish drones.

Along with Sweden, Finland applied to join NATO last month in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but they have faced resistance from Turkey.

Ankara is accusing them of being safe havens…members of the YPG/PKK…group, and wants them to scrap arms export bans.

“There is some weapon technology from Turkey that could be of interest to Finland. Everyone has followed these drones and other systems,” Finland’s Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told a press conference, cited by the Financial Times.

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He said that the Nordic country and Turkey could do arms deals with each other if both were members of the western alliance.

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Haavisto is said to have probably referred to Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), which has proven effective in recent years in conflicts in Syria, Libya and Karabakh.

The Ukrainian military has also deployed Bayraktar TB2s, developed by Turkish drone magnate Baykar, against Russian forces.

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