Russia and Turkey are close to reaching an agreement to supply Ankara with Su-35 fighter jets. This is reported by the Daily Sabah citing its own sources.
It is reported that Turkey plans to purchase a total of 36 Russian aircraft. In addition, the parties agreed to jointly manufacture some components of Russian aircraft.
On October 23, it was reported that Turkey had received all elements of the Russian S-400 systems and was discussing additional deliveries with Russia. Ankara received all elements, including missiles, ahead of schedule.
In July, the head of the state corporation Rostec Sergey Chemezov said that Moscow is ready to supply Ankara with multi-purpose Su-35 fighter jets if the Turkish side is interested in them. Turkey said it was too early to talk about buying Russian planes.
On June 28, the U.S. Senate banned the sale of F-35s to Turkey. The United States and other NATO countries fear that if Ankara has both the S-400 and the fifth-generation American F-35 fighter jets, Russian systems will learn to track and track these aircraft. Later, the Turkish side explained to the Pentagon that the decision to purchase Russian missile defense systems is connected with serious air and missile threats.