Russia mulls over giving air defence systems to Turkey


Istanbul—The Kremlin said Saturday it “may consider” supplying Turkey with air defence systems in a further warming of ties after a feud over the downing of a Russian jet last year.
President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks in Istanbul on Monday in which the prospect of supplying Ankara with air defence systems was brought up, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agencies.
Turkey’s private NTV channel, citing Turkish foreign ministry sources, said earlier this week that Ankara was ready to accept an offer from Russia for a Turkish tender to build long-range air defence systems.
Turkish officials said they had no information about any development.—Agencies