Military drones used by Ukraine may have been manufactured in Turkey, but Ankara cannot be held responsible for their use after the sale, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu says.
Çavuşoğlu's statements came following the meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Rome.
He asserted that the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in question cannot be referred to as Turkish weapons anymore after the purchase.
“It was produced in Turkey, but it belongs to Ukraine,” Çavuşoğlu said.
As reported, the Kremlin earlier said that the Turkish drones "risked destabilizing" the situation in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine said it had deployed a Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone to compel pro-Russian separatists into a cease-fire on Tuesday. The drone had destroyed an artillery unit belonging to pro-Russian separatists using a guided bomb. It said the drone had not crossed the line of contact between the two warring sides.