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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Russia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were eager to partner with Turkey to manufacture unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) produced by Baykar, a Turkey-based defense firm producing world-renowned TB2.
Erdoğan’s remarks come during his attendance at the ruling AK Party’s Central Executive Board meeting in the capital Ankara.
According to news channel CNN Türk, Erdoğan reportedly told his colleagues, “Putin says let’s work together with Baykar. UAE made an offer to me to build a factory of Baykar.”
Meanwhile, the Turkish president will visit the Russian coastal city of Sochi on Aug. 5 to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Turkish presidency announced Tuesday.
The presidency had no further details on the visit.
The visit comes just days after Turkey, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine signed a landmark deal to resume grain exports through three Ukrainian ports after months of blockage due to the Russia-Ukraine war, now in its sixth month. The exports are due to resume soon, coordinated by a center in the Turkish metropolis Istanbul.
Last Wednesday, Erdoğan and Putin met during a trilateral gathering with their Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi in Iran’s capital Tehran.
The leaders gathered for the 7th summit in the Astana format to discuss recent developments in Syria, the fight against terror groups which pose a threat to regional security, particularly the YPG/PKK and Daesh/ISIS, as well as the humanitarian situation and the voluntarily return of Syrians.