Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Russia last week was followed closely not only in Turkey and Russia but throughout the world.
Erdogan, who discussed bilateral relations between Russia and Turkey, and on Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin, also visited the MAKS-2019 International Aerospace Exhibition that showcased Russia’s aerospace engineering.
Due to difficulties with the U.S. over the F-35 warplane project, the Turkish president examined Russian planes, particularly Su-35 and Su-57 models, as alternative options should the F-35 program with the U.S. fail.
Putin also discussed military, technical, space and aviation cooperation with Erdogan, and said: "We can work with Turkey on Su-35 and Su-57 planes. Our Turkish partners are particularly interested in joint production. We are ready for this and we will effectively consult on this in certain areas.”
-Russia offers to send Turkish astronaut to space
Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) President Dmitriy Rogozin in a short meeting with Erdogan at the MAKS-2019 International Aerospace Exhibition last week offered to help send a Turkish astronaut into space.
"We have a joint offer; To celebrate the 100th anniversary of your republic by sending a Turkish astronaut into orbit in 2023, the Cosmonaut Training Center is ready," he said.
Erdogan responded by welcoming the offer and thanked the Center for its work.