Russia is set to deliver its S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey in July, the head of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheev said on Wednesday.
Mikheev said Russia was also ready to discuss fighter jet sales to Turkey.
“If the Turkish side turns to us with a request to hold consultations, we will be ready to discuss [warplane sales] along with the [United Aircraft Corporation] UAC based on our capabilities,” he added.
Sources said that Turkey is willing to buy Russian Su-35s fighters if the U.S doesn’t ship promised F-35s
Tensions between the U.S. and Turkey have reached a fever pitch in recent months with Turkey set to begin receiving the advanced S-400 Russian surface-to-air missile system that Washington said will jeopardize Turkey’s role in the F-35 fighter jet program and could trigger congressional sanctions.
U.S. officials have suggested Turkey buy the U.S. Patriot missile systems rather than the S-400s from Russia, arguing it would be incompatible with NATO systems and expose the F-35 to possible Russian subterfuge. Turkey has responded that it was the U.S. refusal to sell Patriots that forced it to seek other sellers, adding that Russia offered a better deal that included technology transfers.