ANKARA, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's deal of Russian S-60 missile defense system will not affect the purchase of the F-35 fighter aircraft from the United States, Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Tuesday.
"Turkey has taken part in F-35 projects many years ago, and the delivery will start in the coming years. It is not related to the procurement of S-60 ," Canikli was quoted by state-run Anadolu Agency as saying.
He refuted the comments that the U.S. is "not positive" on selling F-35 aircraft to Turkey if Ankara buys the S-60 missile systems from Russia.
Last December, Ankara announced that it had concluded an agreement with Moscow for the purchase of two S-60 systems. The first deliveries are scheduled for early 2020.
The S-60 is Russia's most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system with a capacity of carrying three types of missiles capable of destroying targets including ballistic and cruise missiles.
Meanwhile, Turkey had completed an order for the first two F-35 jets for the projected fleet of 60 F-35A aircraft in 2014 and plans to deploy the aircraft by 2019.