Russia claims that the use of Turkish drones "risks destabilizing the situation" in eastern Ukraine.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said this on Wednesday commenting on the deployment by Ukrainian government forces of a Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone to strike a position in eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian-backed separatists.
"We have really good ties with Turkey, but in this situation, our fears are unfortunately being realized that the deliveries of these types of weapons to the Ukrainian military can potentially destabilize the situation on the line of contact," Peskov told reporters.
Ukraine has bought Turkish drones to boost its military and has struck a deal with Ankara to produce the same drones at a factory close to Kyiv, the capital.
As reported, on October 26, Ukrainian Armed Forces employed the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 armed drone for the first time in combat since acquired. A guided bomb targeted Russian occupation forces' howitzer in Eastern Ukrainian territory to force the enemy to cease fire.