Erdoğan says Turkey will produce new generation S-500 with Russia
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday said Moscow and Ankara would jointly produce S-500 air defence systems, state-funded Anadolu Agency reported.
"There is absolutely no question of taking a step back from the S-400s purchase. That is a done deal," Erdoğan said during an iftar meal with the young, "There will be a joint production of the S-500 as well as the S-400."
The relations between the United States and Turkey have strained with the latter's plan to buy Russian S-400 systems. Officials from the United States and NATO say the presence of the Russian systems in a NATO-allied country could allow Moscow to access sensitive data on NATO hardware, including the latest generation F-35s.
A bipartisan U.S. House bill submitted on May 15 calls for the termination of Turkey's participation in F-35 production and a halt to the delivery of F-35 aircraft to Turkey if doesn't back down from the S-400 deal.
"But sooner or later, we will receive the F-35s, we will receive its parts and s-400s will come to our country, god willing," Erdoğan said.
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