On the plane that brought him back from Sochi, Russia, where he met, Wednesday, September 29, with his counterpart Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke about the future he sees in terms of military cooperation between the two countries. “We talked about what we could do about building the aircraft engines and about the fighter jets. Another area in which we can act together is shipbuilding. If God allows it, we can even make common arrangements for submarines, ”he said, according to the Turkish press.
The announcement comes as the issue of the S-400 air defense system remains the subject of tension between Ankara and Washington. Traveling a few days earlier to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, the Turkish president was not received by Joe Biden, despite Turkish expectations.
For lack of direct contact with his American counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has therefore multiplied the messages through the media. In a televised interview on CBS News for the program “Face the Nation”, he reiterated his intention to continue the program to acquire Russian S-400s exposing himself to further US sanctions. Friday, October 1, the United States reacted.