Erdogan says Turkey wants to continue defense cooperation with Russia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speak during their meeting on the sidelines of the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia, August 27, 2019. Maxim Shipenkov/Pool via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Turkey wants to continue defense industry cooperation with Russia, including cooperating on warplanes, after talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Erdogan spoke after the two leaders visited an air show outside the Russian capital where Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter jets performed demonstration flights. On Tuesday Turkey also took delivery of a second batch of Russian S-400 air defense equipment.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Dominic Evans

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