The United Arab Emirates Edge Group, one of the world’s leading advanced technology and defense organizations, has conducted a controversial takeover of Estonia’s Milrem Robotics which is heavily supported by the European Union’s defense robotics industry.

A leading United Arab Emirates (UAE) defense and security conglomerate, Edge Group, recently took over most of Milrem Robotics’ shares, spurring numerous investigations throughout the EU.

EU concerns raised alarms that defense cooperation projects intended to advance European security interests could be used by the Emirate group, businesses, and governments to extract knowledge and exert influence.

In a recent interview, Edge Group CEO and managing director Mansour AlMulla quashed speculations on the Milrem takeover, pointing out that the conglomerate is “country-agnostic” in its acquisitions.