Kosovo wants Turkish attack drones – official — RT World News

When Albania announced a contract with Türkiye on Tuesday to buy Bayraktar attack drones, an official in the ethnic Albanian government in the Serbian breakaway province of Kosovo said Pristina was also in talks with Ankara about the type of drone. the same, similar.

“The issue of combat drones is also on our agenda,” he said. Fikrim Damka, regional development minister, told Turkey’s Anadolu Agency.

He admits such an acquisition is a long process, as “almost all countries in the world” is talking about buying a Bayraktar drone, but says “had visits” and that the president and defense minister of Kosovo saw the drones with their own eyes.

Kosovo is a breakaway province of Serbia, currently run by Albanian separatists, who declared independence in 2008 with NATO backing. Damka’s statement came after Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama announced that he had signed an agreement for a “fleet” of drones with the Turkish company Baykar Makina.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic commented on Damka’s statement by saying that the news is “not good” and will impact Belgrade’s relationship with Ankara, “although we have great respect for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”

Vucic himself is on a visit to Azerbaijan, the country that deployed Bayraktar TB2 drones against Armenia to great effect in the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Azeri Ilham Aliyev and Defense Industry Minister Madat Guliyev on a two-day trip, with “Technology transfer” and military cooperation on the agenda, among other things.

Vucic told reporters that Serbia got a “significant amount” of unmanned aircraft. Without such weapons, he said, the enemies of Serbia “will devour us like a cat devours a mouse. But now we’re too old to do that.”

Türkiye has supplied Azerbaijan with a significant number of TB2 drones from Baykar Makina, bringing the company into the spotlight globally. CEO Haluk Bayraktar’s brother, Selcuk, is the company’s chief technology officer and Erdogan’s son-in-law.

Baykar has also sold a number of Bayraktar drones to Ukraine, despite Türkiye’s official neutrality in the conflict with Russia. During a prank call in October, a Ukrainian official describe them like “first and foremost a PR project” and talk “All of them were shot down within a week.”

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