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Turkey to turn elsewhere if US will not sell F-35s, Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey will turn elsewhere for fighter jets if the United State does not sell it the F-35 aircraft.

He further added that Ankara planned to start using the Russian S-400 missile defence system in April 2020.

The US said last week it was removing NATO ally Turkey from the F-35 programme, after Ankara purchased and received Russian S-400 missile defence systems that Washington sees as a threat.

Erdogan said he hoped U.S. officials would be “reasonable” on the question of sanctions, adding that Turkey may also reconsider its purchase of advanced Boeing (BA.N) aircraft from the United States.

While, Russia’s Rostec state conglomerate said Russia would be ready to supply its SU-35 jets to Turkey if Ankara requested them. But, Turkish officials said on Thursday there were no talks with Moscow on alternatives to the F-35 jets for now.

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