Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, in comments carried today by Russian news agencies, that Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed potential arms deals at a meeting in Istanbul earlier this week. He said that Russia would considering selling various missile defense systems if Turkey wants them.
Turkey was negotiating a nuclear defense deal with China, which had been a source of tension with NATO partners, before the talks broke down last year.
The statement comes just a few months after Russia agreed to restore ties with Turkey. Relations between the two nations were nearly severed after Turkey shot down a Russian jet near the Turkish-Syrian border last year.
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