August 30, 2019 / 12:16 PM / 5 months ago

Erdogan says eyeing Russian jets; plans to meet Trump in New York

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a joint news conference following their talks 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

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey will ensure it is able to buy and produce fighter jets and that Russian Su-35s and Su-57s are a possible alternative to U.S. planes.

He also said that he plans to meet U.S. President Donald Trump next month at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in mid-September.

“If the United States maintains its current stance on the F-35s, we will take care of this,” he told reporters in Ankara.

“Beyond putting the Su-35 or 57 issue on the table, the issues that we are discussing are what measures we can take for our defense industry or for our defense, and these are surely aspects being discussed as part of our precaution packages,” he said.

Reporting by Irem Koca and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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