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Last Updated : May 19, 2019 09:12 AM IST | Source: Reuters

Turkey's Erdogan says will jointly produce S-500s with Russia after purchase of S-400s

US officials have called Turkey's planned purchase of the S-400 missile defense system "deeply problematic,".

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on May 18 that the purchase of S-400 defence systems from Russia was a done deal, adding that Ankara would also jointly produce S-500 defence systems with Moscow.

US officials have called Turkey's planned purchase of the S-400 missile defense system "deeply problematic," saying it would risk Ankara's partnership in the joint strike fighter F-35 program because it would compromise the jets, made by Lockheed Martin Corp.

However, Erdogan told a televised question and answer session with university students in Istanbul that Turkey had carried out technical work and found that such a problem did not exist.

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"They (the US) are passing the ball around in the midfield now, showing some reluctance. But sooner or later, we will receive the F-35s. (The US) not delivering them is not an option."

 

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First Published on May 19, 2019 09:10 am
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