Turkey, Russia could launch joint production of fighter jets, air defense systems

22:30, 27 August 2019
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"One of the most important steps in relations with Russia is the joint production [of S-400 complexes]. There was a lot of gossip on this topic, to which we paid not a slightest bit of attention. Our solidarity in this area – we seek to extend it to all the other areas of defense industry. It could also be on military aircraft," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Zhukovskoye outside Moscow, according to a UNIAN correspondent in Russia.

The two leaders met at MAKS 2019 Airshow.

According to Erdogan, now the second stage of the supply of Russian S-400 air defense systems is now underway, as well as personnel training.

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In turn, Putin said he had discussed with his Turkish counterpart cooperation on the Su-35 fighter and " possible work even on the new Su-57 aircraft."

"We have many opportunities; we have demonstrated new weapons systems and new e-warfare systems. In my opinion, many things are interesting to our Turkish partners, not only in terms of acquisition, but also in terms of joint production," Putin said.

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