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Sukhoi Su-57 or Shenyang J-31? Turkey eyes Russian, Chinese jets as US tightens the noose on F-35 deal

The US has asked Turkey to cancel the deal with Russia for the S-400 Triumf missile system if it wants to have the F-35 in its arsenal. Turkey’s pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak has reported that its defence leadership is now looking at the Sukhoi Su-57 and Shenyang J-31 fifth-generation fighters if the USA scraps the deal to sell 100 F-35s. Russia has already announced that it is exploring the possibility of exporting the Su-57 to nations with which it has deep defence ties including Turkey if the F-35 deal is cancelled. Turkey has been warned by US Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan to pull out of the S-400 Triumf missile deal with Russia by July 31, else its participation in the F-35 programme will be suspended. The US has also threatened to impose sanctions against Turkey if the S-400 deal is not cancelled.

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