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Erdogan announced negotiations with Russia on the supply of Su-57

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Moscow and Ankara are negotiating the supply of Russian Su-57 fighters, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

“Negotiations are ongoing, they will continue. After MAKS-2019, representatives of our ministries who work there remained in Russia. We will act by putting our credit and co-production conditions on the table,” Erdogan told reporters.

He added that if Washington does not change its position on the supply of Turkey with F-35 fighters, Ankara will “seek a way out of this situation.”

Erdogan called the supply of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems the main topic of cooperation with Russia in the defense sector.

“I believe that after what we saw at the MAKS air show, there may be different purchases in this sector. There are steps that we are taking on drones. We need to take precautions regarding our defense industry, from this point of view, we should consider Russian planes Su-35 and Su-57.

We want to be a country that goes to seek markets for itself, “the Turkish leader added.
Last Tuesday, the presidents of Russia and Turkey visited the international air show MAKS-2019. They examined the exposition; Erdogan was especially interested in the Su-35 and Su-57 aircraft.

He asked Vladimir Putin whether the Su-57 is already flying and whether it can be bought. The Russian leader answered both questions positively.

Ankara’s purchase of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system provoked a scandal between Turkey and the United States. Washington demanded to abandon the deal and in exchange to acquire Patriot complexes. Otherwise, the United States did not rule out the possibility of delaying or even canceling the sale of Ankara’s latest F-35 fighters. Turkey refused to make concessions.

At the end of July, Donald Trump said that he did not blame Ankara for the purchase of Russian air defense systems, but the latest F-35 fighters intended for it could be sold to other countries.
Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program has been curtailed.


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