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Turkey, Russia to jointly produce S-500 missiles after purchase of S-400s: Erdoğan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday that the purchase of an S-400 missile defense system from Russia was a done deal, adding that Turkey would also jointly produce an S-500 system with Russia.

US officials have called Turkey’s planned purchase of the S-400 missile defense system “deeply problematic,” saying it would put at risk Ankara’s partnership in the joint strike fighter F-35 program because it would compromise the jets, made by Lockheed Martin Corp.

However, Erdoğan said at a televised question and answer session with university students in İstanbul that Turkey had conducted technical studies and found that such a problem did not exist.

“They [the US] are passing the ball around in the midfield now, showing some reluctance. But sooner or later, we will receive the F-35s. [The US] not delivering them is not an option.”

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