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China’s DJI Halts Drone Sales in Russia, Ukraine Over War Risks

Drone maker says it is reassessing compliance requirements, so it will temporarily suspend all business activities in Russia and Ukraine


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Ukrainian officials and citizens have accused DJI, the world's largest maker of consumer and industrial drones, of leaking data on the Ukrainian military to Russia. File photo: CG Rawlins, Reuters.

 

Drone maker DJI Technology has become the first major Chinese company to suspend operations in Russia following its invasion of Ukraine in February.

“DJI is internally reassessing compliance requirements in various jurisdictions,” the privately held company said in a statement late on Tuesday. “Pending the current review, DJI will temporarily suspend all business activities in Russia and Ukraine.”

Although Western companies have withdrawn from Russia in protest, many Chinese companies have stayed on, taking a cue from Beijing’s stance of refraining from criticism of Moscow over the invasion.

Ukrainian officials and citizens have accused DJI, the world’s largest maker of consumer and industrial drones, of leaking data on the Ukrainian military to Russia.

DJI dismissed those accusations last month as “utterly false”. A German retailer had cited such information as a reason for taking DJI products off shelves.

Russia sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine on February 24.

Although the company had noticed footage online that suggested the Russian military was using its products, a DJI spokesperson said last month it had not been able to confirm this and had no control over the use of its products.

“We are engaging with customers, partners and other stakeholders regarding the temporary suspension of business operations in the affected territories,” DJI’s statement on Tuesday added.

 

  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard

 

 

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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