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Kremlin Hints Putin, Erdogan May Discuss New Arms Deals at Talks

  • Russian, Turkish leaders to meet at Moscow air show Tuesday
  • Turkey defied U.S. to buy Russian S-400 air-defense system
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Vladimir Putin shake hands in Istanbul on Nov. 19, 2019.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Vladimir Putin shake hands in Istanbul on Nov. 19, 2019.Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

The Kremlin hinted at possible talks over new arms deals between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan when the two leaders meet at an international air show near Moscow.

Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, declined to say whether the two sides plan to discuss sales of Russian Su-35 fighter jets during Tuesday’s visit to the MAKS aviation and space salon, a showcase for Russian military technology. The talks follow the U.S. decision last month to suspend Turkey’s ability to buy and help build the advanced F-35 stealth warplane in retaliation for taking delivery of a Russian S-400 air-defense system.