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Turkey says to produce S-500s with Russia after S-400 missile deal

AFP  |  Ankara 

Turkish Recep Erdogan on Saturday said and would jointly produce S-500 after Ankara's controversial purchase of the S-400 missile defence system from

Turkey's push to buy the S-400s has further strained already tense relations with the which has repeatedly warned of the risks including sanctions as a result of the purchase.

"There is absolutely no question of (Turkey) taking a step back from the S-400s purchase. That is a done deal," Erdogan said in

"There will be joint production of the S-500 after the S-400," Erdogan told an audience of young people asking questions.

Ties between NATO allies and the US have frayed over multiple issues including American support for a viewed as terrorists by and the US failure to extradite a Muslim blamed for the 2016 coup attempt against Erdogan.

says the deal with is a threat to Western defence and in April suspended deliveries of the stealth fighter jet to in a bid to halt the purchase.

Turkish pilots are in the US receiving training on the F-35s, manufactured by Turkey is expected to buy 100 of the jets in total.

Erdogan said Turkey conducted technical studies amid US concerns over the compatibility of the S-400s and the but found there were no issues. He also insisted "sooner or later" Turkey would receive the jets.

Despite the threat of sanctions, Erdogan repeated that the S-400s were expected to be delivered in July, "but this could be brought forward", he added.

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First Published: Sun, May 19 2019. 04:36 IST
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