Moscow ready to sell fighter jets to Turkey, says Russian official

Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd L) speaks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L), director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Sergei Naryshkin (R) and Alexander Bortnikov (2nd R), director of the Federal Security Service (FSB), during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on December 19, 2016, few hours after the Russian ambassador to Ankara was shot dead by a gunman during an attack at an art exhibition in Ankara. A gunman crying "Aleppo" and "revenge" shot Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov while he was visiting an art exhibition in Ankara on December 19, witnesses and media reports said. The Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency said the gunman had been "neutralised" in a police operation, without giving further details. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Alexei Druzhinin

A top Russian official says Moscow is ready to sell fighter jets to Turkey after the United States excluded Turkey from its fighter jet program, The Associated Press reported.

Sergei Chemezov, head of Russia’s state-controlled Rostech corporation, said in a statement Thursday that Moscow would be willing to sell its Su-35 fighter jets to Turkey if Ankara “expresses interest.”

US President Donald Trump’s administration announced on Wednesday that Turkey was being kicked out of the F-35 program because it was buying the Russian S-400 air defense system.

The US said the Russian system would compromise the American fighter jet program. Turkey began taking delivery of components of the S-400 last week in defiance of US objections.

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