Russia and Turkey intend to intensify defense cooperation, including in the production of military aircraft.
"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.
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.