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Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said more missile systems are essential for Turkey's security and despite the purchase of Russian S-400s, Ankara is open to buying US-made Patriots.
Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said Turkey would have to look for alternatives if it could not acquire US F-35 jets over the purchase of the advanced Russian S-400 air-defence system.
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.
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