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Moscow Says May Consider Supply Air Defense Systems To Turkey

The prospect of Moscow's supplying Ankara with air defense systems was discussed when Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) met his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul last week.

Moscow says it "may consider" supplying Turkey with air defense systems in a further warming of ties after a feud over the downing of a Russian jet last year.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agencies on October 14 that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks in Istanbul earlier this week in which the prospect of supplying Ankara with air defense systems was brought up.

"Various missile defense systems were mentioned and if the Turkish side so desires, Russia may consider the possibility of supplying Turkey in various ways," Peskov said about the talks on October 10.

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 defense systems.

Putin's visit to Turkey was his first since the November 2015 downing of a Russian war plane by Ankara sparked the worst dispute between the countries since the Cold War.

Based on reporting by AFP and TASS