Aug 26 2019

Erdoğan, Putin to examine Russian Su-57 fighter jet at MAKS air show

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will attend the MAKS air show on August 27, where Russia will demonstrate the export versions of the fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

"Turkish President Erdogan will be in [the town of] Zhukovsky as part of his working visit. The two presidents will watch the exposition of [the MAKS air show] and hold bilateral talks," Russian TASS news agency quoted Peskov as saying.  

The pair will examine the Russian Su-35s during their meeting, Sputnik news said. 

Ankara began considering the Russian Su-35s following a move by the United States last month to halt the delivery of the F-35 stealth fighter jets to Turkey, after the country took delivery of Russian-made S-400 missile systems amid concerns that it may lead to possible Russian subterfuge.

Putin and Erdoğan are set to discuss the situation in Syria, in particular the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, and the settlement in Ukraine at the talks on August 27, TASS added.

"The president has repeatedly reaffirmed his concern about the intensification of terrorist activities in Idlib," the Kremlin spokesman said. "The situation in Idlib, which continues to be Turkey’s area of responsibility in accordance with the Sochi agreements, remains rather complex." 

Ankara and Moscow in September agreed to establish a de-escalation zone in Idlib to prevent a possible offensive by Syrian forces against the last major rebel-held enclave in the country. 

However, the Moscow-backed Syrian government started a military incursion into Idlib in April, after the jihadi group Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) gained dominance in the province and launched attacks on neighbouring areas despite Moscow’s demands from Turkey to clear it from the de-escalation zone.

https://tass.com/politics/1075018