Russia says it could sell missile defense systems to Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia could sell missile defense systems to Turkey.

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, in comments carried Friday by Russian news agencies, that Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed potential arms deals at a meeting in Istanbul last week. He said that Russia would considering selling various missile defense systems if Turkey wants them.

russia-turkey-flagsTurkey was negotiating a nuclear defense deal with China, which had been a source of tension with NATO partners, before the talks broke down last year.

The statement comes just a few months after Russia agreed to restore ties with Turkey. Relations between the two nations were nearly severed after Turkey shot down a Russian jet near the Turkish-Syrian border last year.

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