Erdogan notes Turkish aerospace achievements at Russian Air Show

Ankara has taken “important steps” in the aviation sector in the recent period, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday,l while participating in the inauguration ceremony of the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2019, in Moscow, along with President Putin.

“With the motto ‘The future is in the skies’, Turkey has made a breakthrough in the aviation area in the recent period,” Erdogan said in Moscow.

Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin were at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2019, one of the world’s leading events in its field.

Erdogan said Turkey is becoming a country that “has a say” in the field of aviation and space technology.

“As of the end of 2018, the total exports of our defense and aviation sector have reached $2.5 billion,” Erdogan said.

Bilateral relations with Russia will deepen further thanks to the cooperation in aviation and space technology, he stated.

Erdogan reiterated that Ankara wants to increase the bilateral trade volume with Russia to $100 billion.

Putin, for his part, said Moscow “deeply appreciates” the global attention paid to the MAKS air show.