Putin, Erdogan launch construction of Turkey's nuclear plant

The Mavi Marmara is towed by a tugboat as it leaves the port of the northern city of Haifa
The Mavi Marmara is towed by a tugboat as it leaves the port of the northern city of Haifa
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04 April, 2018

Putin asserted that Russian partners would encourage Turkey's small- and medium-scale companies to participate in this project. Putin said it was made a decision to expedite the deliveries of S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey.

"We have decided with President Erdo─čan in our meeting to speed up the delivery of the S-400 systems", Putin said, referring to the purchase that has raised concerns among Turkey's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners.

Intensifying affronts in Syria's Afrin, Ghouta and Idlib regions have made room for Turkish President Erdogan's Operation Olive Branch to take effect and target militant Kurds (YPP), much to the dismay of the YPP-dependent United States, which is also ready to sanction Turkey if it accepts a delivery of Russian S-400 missiles.

"We are also in close cooperation with Russian Federation to end as soon as possible the terror threat and clashes in Syria", Erdogan said.

Energy Minister of Turkey, Berat Albayrak, said that the Turkish president played the most important role in realising this dream, adding that this strong cooperation would be the most important in terms of future steps between the two countries.

A tripartite summit on Syria will be held on Wednesday in Ankara with the participation of the Turkish, Russian and Iranian presidents.

The Akkuyu power station - a project costing over $20 billion (16 billion euros) and greatly disliked by environmentalists - was already launched once before in February 2015 but then put on hold due to the row over the downed Russian plane.

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Despite being on different sides of the Syrian civil war, key regime backers Russian Federation and Iran have joined with rebel-supporting Turkey to push forward a peace process but also to ensure influence in Syria once the conflict ends.

That year will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of modern Turkey, when Erdogan says the country will be among the world's top 10 economies.

In addition, government calculations expect the power plant to cover 10 percent of the country's electricity needs when it reaches peak performance.

The deal has been valued at about $2bn according to reports.

In a sign that ties are warming, Putin is one of the first global leaders to call Erdogan and offer support after a failed coup against the Turkish president in July 2016.

But Putin refused to discuss the issue saying "these are exclusively commercial questions" rather than political ones.


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