Russian Corporation Opens First Nuclear Plant in Turkey
Apr 04 2018
Turkey supports rebels who want to oust Assad.
The plant will be built by Russian state nuclear energy agency Rosatom and will be made up of four units each with a capacity of 1,200 megawatts.
The Russian president has arrived in Ankara for talks with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts on April 3.
"We have established excellent connections with T·rkiye Wealth Fund and hope to announce important joint projects in the near future", Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of RDIF, said as quoted by the press release.
The statement on Monday came one day after the President visited Turkish soldiers at an outpost in Turkey's Hatay province bordering Syria, Xinhua news agency reported.
At present, there are 450 nuclear power plants in 31 countries, while 55 plants are under construction around the world.
Turkey's Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, Erdogan's son-in-law, praised the Akkuyu project saying: 'We are standing at a crucial juncture in realising the 63-year dream'.
They were also expected to discuss bilateral trade and economic cooperation, details on Turkey's plans to buy surface-to-air missile systems from Russian Federation, as well as the situation in Syria. Britain has accused Russia of being behind the nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, prompting almost two dozen nations to expel over 150 Russian diplomats.
Last week, Turkey announced it would not be following North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and European Union allies in ousting Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning in Britain of a former Russian spy.
Terrorists could run away to Afrin and Sinjar in northern Iraq, but they could not hide from Turkish forces, said Erdogan.
In a move that has troubled Turkey's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, Ankara has agreed to buy S-400 air defence missile systems from Russian Federation. The three countries are sponsoring a series of negotiations to end the seven-year-long war.
Russian Federation and Turkey along with Iran are also working together to create "de-escalation zones" to reduce the fighting in Syria and bring the sides of the conflict together to negotiate Syria's future.
The two countries are also building the TurkStream pipeline, estimated to be worth more than $12 billion, to transport Russian gas to Turkey.