Moscow is ready to offer modern weapons to its allies globally and cooperate in developing military technology, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday, days after his meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in which they agreed to boost cooperation.
Putin made the remarks during an arms show near Moscow, where he boasted Russia’s advanced weapons capabilities as he declare its willingness to share technology with ally countries, Reuters reported.
Russia is “ready to offer partners and allies the most modern types of weapons — from small arms to armoured vehicles and artillery, combat aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles,” Putin said. “Almost all of them have been used more than once in real combat operations.”
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February has thus far failed provide a convincing display of the country’s arms industry. Russian forces have been beaten back from Ukraine’s two biggest cities and are making slow headway to the east of the country as they suffer considerable losses.
Russia has the ability to offer new models and systems, Reuters cited Putin as saying, adding, “we are talking about high-precision weapons and robotics, about combat systems based on new physical principles.’’
Turkey maintains good ties with Russia and has stepped up as an intermediary in its war with the Ukraine. The country has also refused to apply Western sanctions against Moscow.
Ankara in 2019 purchased the S-400 ground-to-air missile system from Russia, prompting the United States to remove Turkey from coproduction of the next generation F-35 fighter jets. Turkey’s state-owned defence procurement company was later penalised for the deal by the U.S. Congress under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
The Kremlin, in a statement issued on Aug. 5 after the Erdoğan and Putin meeting, said the leaders of the two countries had “reaffirmed their common will to further develop Russian-Turkish relations,” Reuters reported.