Erdoğan says will jointly produce S-500s with Russia after purchase of S-400s
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Erdoğan says will jointly produce S-500s with Russia after purchase of S-400s

'There is absolutely no question of stepping back on the S-400 issue,' says Turkish president

News Service AA, Reuters

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

"Sooner or later, we will receive the delivery of the F-35s, their equipment, and S-400s, too, will come to our country," Erdogan said in Istanbul, where he met with young people.

"There is absolutely no question of stepping back on the S-400 issue. It's a done deal," Erdogan added.

Tensions between the U.S. and Turkey have reached a fever pitch in recent months with Turkey set to begin receiving the advanced S-400 Russian surface-to-air missile system that Washington said will jeopardize Turkey's role in the F-35 fighter jet program and which could trigger congressional sanctions.

Turkey decided in 2017 to purchase the S-400 system following protracted efforts to purchase air defense systems from the U.S. with no success.

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