Moscow, Ankara may discuss fighter aircraft deal, says Russian deputy PM

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Moscow, Ankara may discuss fighter aircraft deal, says Russian deputy PM 1

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov has said Moscow would consider signing an agreement for the sale of fighter aircraft to Turkey.

The Russian Deputy Minister signalled a possible deal between the countries when responding to a question on whether Russia and Turkey could sign an agreement for combat aircraft, Euronews Turkish reported on Wednesday.

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“Why not? As can be seen, a precedent has already come to fruition,” Euronews quoted Borisov as saying, in an apparent reference to the S-400 missile system.

Borisov’s statement arrives as Turkey is taking delivery of the advanced Russian missile defence system, in a move expected trigger U.S. sanctions and Turkey’s expulsion from the F-35 fighter jet programme.

The U.S. officials say the S-400 missile system is incompatible with the defences of NATO, of which Turkey is a member, and jeopardise sensitive information about F-35 technologies.

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the United States is not going to sell F-35 fighter jets to Turkey following Ankara’s decision to acquire the S-400 system from Russia.

Ankara has ordered more than 100 F-35s, Trump said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House, adding that the United States could not sell billions of dollars’ worth of aircraft to Turkey due to the S-400 purchase.

Turkey has in the past said it would turn elsewhere if faced with expulsion from the F-35 programme

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“There are (Russian) Su-34, Su-57 and others. I will absolutely meet my needs from somewhere until I can produce it myself,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said in April.

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