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Turkey grants construction license to Akkuyu NPP

04 Апреля 2018

The groundbreaking ceremony of Turkey's first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, was held Tuesday with the participation of Turkish and Russian presidents via video teleconference from capital Ankara.

"We have decided with President Erdoğan 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.

Today, the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey will convene in Ankara to continue discussing the May 2017 Astana model devised to bring peace to a warring Syria. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin have launched the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant earlier in the day.

The three countries are sponsoring a series of efforts in a bid to end the seven-year war.

Turkish-Russian relations have been increasingly well.

"When all four units go online, the plant will meet 10 percent of Turkey's energy needs", Erdogan said, adding that despite delays Turkey still planned to start generating power at the first unit in 2023.

In March Britain blames Russia for the poisoning on its soil of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.

Akkuyu's investment is the largest foreign investment in Turkey as it exceeds Dollars 20 billion.

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"In the name of God!"

'This scale of the project is hard to exaggerate, ' Putin said at the ceremony.

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.

Russian Federation and Turkey are also building the TurkStream gas pipeline under the Black Sea that will allow Moscow to pump gas to Europe avoiding Ukraine and increase Turkey's importance as a transit hub.

According to Russian press reports, Turkey has also been hugely interested in a technology transfer and even joint production of the S-400s with Russia, a prospect that has been resisted by some in the Moscow security services.

Answering Western critics of the deal, Erdoğan indicated that Turkey was in no mood to listen to criticism from the West over the purchase of the S-400 systems, saying "this issue is now closed".

"This is an issue of commerce".

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Turkey grants construction license to Akkuyu NPP