In early September, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the 2019 Moscow air show on the outskirts of Moscow. It is reported that Erdogan showed interest in Russian Su-35 and su-57 stealth fighters, and referred to this matter in talks with the Russian president. Erdogan said Turkey and Russia are in talks to buy the su-57 stealth fighter.
We are studying Russias Su-35 military purchase proposal, the report quoted the Anadolu news agency as saying. Its not a good time to make any conclusions.
The director of Turkeys defense industry bureau pointed out that Turkey is still participating in the U.S. F-35 new fighter production plan. Turkeys withdrawal from the F-35 program is not in the interest of other participants in the project, he said. We are continuing to explore how to get out of this situation. I have no right to comment on the position of the US side, but Turkey is willing to have an active dialogue.
According to the report, Turkeys purchase of Russian made S-400 air defense missile system was opposed by the United States. Washington threatened to delay or cancel the sale of F-35 fighters to Turkey and impose sanctions. It asked Turkey to abandon the deal and buy American Patriot air defense missile instead. Turkey refuses to give in, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the S-400 air defense missile system will be fully deployed by April 2020.
Photo: Russian Su-35 multi-purpose fighter. (official website of Russian Ministry of Defense)
Source: editor in charge of Reference News: Li Zaixing