The Russian-made defence hardware will be activated after relevant military personnel are trained, says Turkish defence minister.
Ankara is not only an F-35 fighter jet customer but also a partner, Turkish President Erdogan underlined at a Justice and Development Party's parliamentary meeting.
Talks being held at the bilateral level and not under NATO supervision, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin says.
Even though the kingdom’s possible purchase of missile systems from Moscow has been in the works for a few years, the country has not finalised a deal with Russia’s President Putin.
Ankara and Moscow are also discussing potentially co-manufacturing a few components of the jets, Turkish sources said.
Ahead of a phone meeting between Turkey and US defence chiefs, US general says "the trust that exists from military-to-military perspective is as strong as it has been in the past."
US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham expressed hope for a more strategic relationship between Ankara and Washington after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in New York.
Teknofest, a six-day festival, features numerous activities such as aviation shows, seminars, workshops, a drone championship, contests and concerts.
Mark Esper also stressed that the US will “consider” Turkey rejoining to the F-35 programme if Ankara gets rid of the S-400 system and “take them completely out of the country.”
Purchase of Russian S-400s aerial defence system was an urgent need and Turkey had to buy them, foreign minister says.
Ankara and Moscow are discussing the deliveries of Russian-made fighter jets to Turkey.
Russian S-400 air defence system is seen as one of the most advanced missile systems in the world, capable of tracking several targets simultaneously.
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