Erdogan says Turkey wants to continue defense cooperation with Russia

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MOSCOW/ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey wants to continue defense industry cooperation with Russia, including on warplanes, following talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
Erdogan spoke after the leaders visited an air show outside the Russian capital where Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter jets performed demonstration flights and the Turkish leader inspected aircraft.
In another step that could further strain ties with NATO ally the United States, Turkey took delivery on Tuesday of a second batch of Russian S-400 air defense equipment.

“We are taking positive steps in the defense industry sector with the delivery of the S-400 systems starting,” Erdogan said at a news conference alongside Putin.
“With that, in our meetings today we had the opportunity to discuss what steps we could take in various fields within the defense industry and what we could do,” he added.
The initial delivery of parts of the S-400s, which Washington says is not compatible with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) defenses, arrived in Ankara in July despite warnings about possible U.S. sanctions over the purchase.

Washington has not yet acted on the threat, but it did begin last month to remove Turkey from its program of manufacturing F-35 jets, which Turkey also planned to buy. In response, Erdogan said Turkey would turn elsewhere for jets to meet its needs.
Putin said he and Erdogan discussed cooperation on Russia’s Su-35 jet and possible joint work on the its new Su-57.
“In my opinion, a lot has drawn an interest from our Turkish partners, not only from a purchase point of view but also from joint production,” Putin said at the joint briefing.


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Pretty sure they still have nukes at Incirlik. Here is the New Yorker on that problem back in summer 2016 when Erdogan turned the power off to the American part of the Airbase, and there was a bit of a stand off.

This is the perspective of an Israeli think tank on the subject -- he is discussing the problem of the Russian S400s and it's got the most recent date on it, July 4, 2019 this year.

And this one in Stars and Stripes is even fresher, July 23, 2019 and comments on the threats that Turkey IS making about the base at Incirlik with a very carefully worded veiled threat.
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