Putin, Erdogan agrees to expand military cooperation


 Moscow, Aug 28 Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to expand cooperation in the military sphere including warplanes and missiles as Moscow began the delivery of a second batch of S-400 air defence missile systems to Istanbul.

“We have used the opportunity of Erdogan’s visit to discuss promising joint projects not only in aviation but also in other sectors of military-technical cooperation,” Putin said on Tuesday at a press conference after their talks on the sidelines of the International Aviation and Space Salon, also known as MAKS, Xinhua reported.

Russia is ready to offer flights on Su-30SM fighters to Turkish pilots, Putin said, adding that he and Erdogan also discussed “cooperation on Su-35 and possible work on new Su-57” jets.Earlier on Tuesday, Putin and Erdogan talked with the Russian crew on the International Space Station via a teleconference during their visit to the MAKS-2019 exhibition that opened in a suburb of Moscow.

He said Russia has demonstrated new weapons and new radio-electronic warfare systems to Turkey and there are many possibilities.

“In my opinion there have been many things that aroused the interest of our Turkish colleagues, not only from the point of view of purchase but also from the point of view of joint production,” Putin said.


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