Chinese drone maker DJI suspends sales in Russia, Ukraine

Chinese drone maker DJI suspends sales in Russia, Ukraine

SHENZHEN: DJI Technology Co said it would temporarily suspend business in Russia and Ukraine to make sure it is not used in combat, making it the first major Chinese firm to cite the conflict in halting sales in Russia.

Ukrainian officials and citizens accused DJI of leaking data on the Ukrainian military to Russia - allegations that the world's largest maker of consumer and industrial drones has stayed there, in line with Beijing's stance of not criticizing Moscow over the conflict.

A DJI spokeswoman said on Wednesday that the company was not allowed to make a statement about any country, but to make a statement about our principles. DJI abhors any use of our drones to cause harm and that we are temporarily suspending sales in these countries in order to make sure no one uses our drones in combat. A company representative said last month DJI had been aware of footage online that suggested the Russian military was using its products, but it was not able to confirm this, and the company had no control over the use of its products.