UPDATE 1-Erdogan says Turkey desires to proceed defence cooperation with Russia

(Provides quotes, supply of S-400 battery)

MOSCOW/ANKARA, Aug 27 (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan stated on Tuesday that Turkey desires to proceed defence business cooperation with Russia, together with on warplanes, following talks in Moscow along with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Erdogan spoke after the leaders visited an air present outdoors the Russian capital the place Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter jets carried out demonstration flights and the Turkish chief inspected plane.

In one other step that would additional pressure ties with NATO ally the US, Turkey took supply on Tuesday of a second batch of Russian S-400 air defence tools.

“We’re taking constructive steps within the defence business sector with the supply of the S-400 methods beginning,” Erdogan stated at a information convention alongside Putin.

“With that, in our conferences immediately we had the chance to debate what steps we might absorb varied fields inside the defence business and what we might do,” he added.

The preliminary supply of components of the S-400s, which Washington says will not be appropriate with North Atlantic Treaty Group (NATO) defences, arrived in Ankara in July regardless of warnings about doable U.S. sanctions over the acquisition.

Washington has not but acted on the menace, nevertheless it did start final month to take away Turkey from its programme of producing F-35 jets, which Turkey additionally deliberate to purchase. In response, Erdogan stated Turkey would flip elsewhere for jets to satisfy its wants.

Putin stated he and Erdogan mentioned cooperation on Russia’s Su-35 jet and doable joint work on the its new Su-57.

“For my part, lots has drawn an curiosity from our Turkish companions, not solely from a purchase order standpoint but in addition from joint manufacturing,” Putin stated on the joint briefing. (Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber in Moscow, Tuvan Gumrukcu in Ankara and Ezgi Erkoyun in Istanbul; Extra reporting by Gleb Stolyarov in Moscow, Writing by Dominic Evans; Enhancing by Jonathan Spicer and Ed Osmond)

Author: Maxwell C.

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