Turkish ambassador doesn't rule out chances of military-technical cooperation with Russia

Turkey is ready to cooperate with Russia in different areas, relations can also be developed in the military-technical sphere, Turkish ambassador to Moscow Umit Yardim has said in an interview with Interfax.

He did not rule out the possibilities of Russian-Turkish cooperation in arms deliveries.

"We are ready to cooperate with Russia in every sector and every direction, of course. And as far as I know there were examples of such cooperation in the past," he said answering the question whether Ankara is interested in importing Russian armaments.

"But there are no established strong relations between Russia and Turkey in the sphere of military-technical cooperation today unlike the energy sector. Probably, there are technical or political reasons for that," the ambassador said.

"The main thing is to steadily develop relations because other aspects of cooperation will develop together with stable relations," Yardim said.

Speaking of the situation with the invitation of Russia to a tender for the procurement of long-range air defense systems which previously Ankara intended to buy from China the ambassador said that the winner has not been chosen yet.

"I don't know whether Russia is taking part in the tender or whether it will take part but bidding is still open. It is not clear at this stage who is going to develop the air defense missile system for Turkey," Yardim said.

 

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