Turkish media outlets earlier claimed that Moscow and Ankara were in the middle of discussions over the purchase of Su-35 warplanes, following the acquisition of S-400 missile systems that led to Turkey being kicked out of the US-led F-35 programme.
Turkish Minister of Defence Hulusi Akar has rejected earlier reports that Ankara was in the process of intense negotiations over the purchase of Russia’s Su-35 fighters, calling it “a lie”, according to the outlet Haberler. The comments were reportedly made during a reception organised by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on 29 October.
Earlier, state-run Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported that Moscow and Ankara were close to reaching a potential deal for Su-35 fighter jets, citing local sources. This was echoed by a leading security industry outlet Defense News that argued the countries were in an “advanced stage of negotiations” over the potential purchase of two squadrons of Su-35 warplanes. The news came following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the MAKS-2019 aviation show in Moscow this year, where he observed new generation Russian aircraft, including the Su-57 and Su-35 fighter jets
Turkey has been at odds with its NATO allies, primarily the US, since it acquired the Russian-made S-400 long-range air defence system this year. After the deal was finalised, Washington suspended Turkey’s participation in the US-led F-35 programme.
“The potential Su-35 deal has…