PRISTINA —The NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo has raised concerns about the recent procurement of Bayraktar drones from Turkey by the Republic of Kosovo. In a statement released on Monday, NATO emphasized that the peacekeeping mission retains responsibility for Kosovo’s airspace.
The statement specifically cautioned Kosovo about the potential ramifications of acquiring Turkish armed drones. It highlighted that the commander of the Kosovo peacekeeping force holds primary authority over the use of drones within Kosovo’s airspace.
Over the weekend, Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti shared photos on social media showcasing the newly purchased Bayraktar TB-2 drones. Kurti also stated, “We have significantly bolstered our military personnel by over 80% and increased the army budget by more than 100%, making Kosovo more secure.”
The Bayraktar drones gained international recognition for their role in the conflicts between Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as Ukraine and Russia.