Chinese drone maker DJI suspends operations in Russia and Ukraine
Drone giant DJI Technology Co Ltd has announced it will temporarily suspend operations in Russia and Ukraine, making it the first major Chinese company to suspend sales to Russia since the country invaded neighboring Ukraine in february.
“DJI is internally reassessing compliance requirements in various jurisdictions,” the private company said in a statement late Tuesday. “Pending the ongoing review, DJI will temporarily suspend all business operations in Russia and Ukraine.” Although Western companies withdrew from Russia in protest, many Chinese companies remained there, taking inspiration from Beijing’s stance of refraining from criticizing Moscow over the invasion.
Ukrainian officials and citizens have accused DJI, the world’s largest maker of consumer and industrial drones, of leaking data about the Ukrainian military to Russia. Last month, DJI dismissed those accusations as “totally false”. A German retailer had cited this information as a reason for removing DJI products from the shelves.
Russia sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on February 24 in what it called a special operation aimed at degrading the military capabilities of its southern neighbor and eliminating people it called dangerous nationalists. Although the company noticed images online suggesting the Russian military was using its products, a DJI spokesperson said last month that it had been unable to confirm this and had no control. on the use of its products.
“We are talking with customers, partners and other stakeholders regarding the temporary suspension of business operations in the affected territories,” DJI’s statement added on Tuesday.
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