Russia is ready to negotiate with Turkey on sale of Su-35, Su-57 fighters

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Russian Su-57 fifth-gen fighter.

Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) spokeswoman Valeria Reshetnikova said on Friday that Russia is ready to negotiate with Turkey over the sale of Russian Su-35 and Su-57 fighters, according to TASS news agency.

Reshetnikova told the media that they have fully informed Ankara about the technical specifications of the aircraft and that if Turkey makes a request for them, Russia is ready to start negotiations.

The FSVTS is a federal executive body responsible for control and oversight in the field of military-technical cooperation between the Russian Federation and foreign countries. It is under the direct authority of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Turkey's interest in acquiring Russian advanced fighter jets was previously reported following the meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin at MAKS 2019.

After that meeting Erdogan had said that their negotiations with Russia for the Su-57 fighter were well advanced, but it was probably a strategy to change the United States' mind regarding the sale of the F35 to Turkey. Subsequently, Arab media reported that the two countries were close to finalizing a deal for 36 Sukhoi Su-35 fighters.

According to the FSVTS spokeswoman, Turkey has never sent any formal requests to Russia.

Turkey paid dearly for the purchase of the Russian-made S-400 'anti-F35' missile system, it was thrown out of the F35 Joint Strike Fighter program by the United States.

Defense cooperation between Russia and Turkey has always been complicated, it has improved a bit in recent years, despite growing pressure from the United States.

Some experts believe Turkey could sign an agreement to purchase Russian fighters by 2024.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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