Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan played a big role in Ukraine’s war against Russia. Photo/Reuters
ANKARA – The role of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the continuation of the Ukrainian-Turkish war cannot be underestimated. By maintaining a balanced relationship with Ukraine and Russia, Erdogan played a significant role in prolonging the duration of the war by supplying a lot of combat equipment.
During the presidential election campaign, Erdogan deliberately showcased Turkish-made drones, tanks and helicopters. It is a message that Türkiye is now a powerful military nation. Erdogan became the right person to make it happen. It was this nationalist sentiment that made Erdogan win the Turkish presidential election in the second round.
Here are 3 real impacts of Erdogan’s victory in the presidential election on the continuation of Ukraine’s war against Russia.
1. Continue to Supply Arms and Combat Equipment to Ukraine
Erdogan will use the Ukraine and Russia War to great advantage for Türkiye.
Erdoğan built a domestic defense industry and is ready to market it to Ukraine. One of the mainstays is the sale of drones.
According to DW, drones made in Turkey have proven to help Ukraine overcome missile attacks and destroy Russian tanks. The drone that Erdogan is proud of is the Bayraktar type TB2. “The Bayraktar TB2 did what it was supposed to do – stopped some of the most advanced anti-aircraft systems and advanced artillery and armor systems,” said Selcuk Bayraktar, designer of the Bayraktar drone.
Bayraktar explained, their drones have shown how technology revolutionizes modern warfare. “The whole world is now (want to be) a customer,” he added. The TB2 drone has a wingspan of 12 meters and can fly up to 25,000 feet before diving in to destroy tanks and artillery with laser-guided bombs.