Russia ready to sell Turkey Su-35s – Russian official

The head of Russian state defence firm Rostec said on Monday that Russia had offered Su-35 fighter jets to Turkey, TASS news agency reported.

"We have made our proposals [to Turkey] and have offered Su-35s. So far, they are thinking over it. When they make a decision, we are ready for the sale while the industry is ready to produce both Su-57 and Su-35 fighters," TASS quoted Rostec chief Sergei Chemezov as saying on the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow 2019.

However, Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation chief Dmitry Shugaev on Monday said Moscow would require more defence purchases by Turkey before considering selling it the more advance Su-57 fighters

Since its suspension from the U.S.-led F-35 fighter jet programme this year, Turkey has been seeking alternatives to replace its ageing fleet of F-16s.

The United States removed Turkey from the programme to build F-35 fighter jets after the first shipment of Russian S-400 air missile systems arrived in Turkey in July, and is still trying to persuade Ankara to walk away from the deal with Moscow.

U.S. officials say the S-400 poses a threat to U.S. military systems, particularly the F-35 stealth fighter jet, and have repeatedly warned of sanctions if Turkey installs the Russian system.