Putin says ready to offer arms to allies as Moscow-Ankara ties deepen

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Moscow is ready to offer modern weapons to its allies around the world and to cooperate in the development of military technology, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday, days after his meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during which they agreed to strengthen cooperation.

Putin made the remarks at an arms fair near Moscow, where he bragged about Russia’s advanced weapons capabilities as he declared his willingness to share technology with allied nations, Reuters reported.

Russia is “ready to offer its partners and allies the most modern types of weapons – from small arms to armored vehicles and artillery, to combat aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles,” Putin said. “Nearly all have been used more than once in actual combat operations.”

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February has so far failed to provide a convincing demonstration of the country’s arms industry. Russian forces have been pushed back from Ukraine’s two largest cities and are slowly advancing towards the east of the country as they suffer heavy casualties.

Russia has the ability to offer new models and systems, Reuters quoted Putin as saying, adding: “We are talking about high-precision weapons and robotics, combat systems based on new physical principles.”

Turkey has good relations with Russia and has become an intermediary in its war with Ukraine. The country has also refused to apply Western sanctions against Moscow.

In 2019, Ankara purchased the S-400 surface-to-air missile system from Russia, prompting the United States to withdraw Turkey from co-producing next-generation F-35 fighter jets. Turkey’s state-owned defense procurement company was later sanctioned for the deal by the US Congress under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

The Kremlin, in a statement released Aug. 5 after Erdoğan and Putin met, said the leaders of the two countries had “reaffirmed their common desire to further develop Russian-Turkish relations”, Reuters reported.

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