Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Putin and Erdogan launch construction of Turkey's first nuclear reactor

Putin and Erdogan launch construction of Turkey's first nuclear reactor

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 USA, which is also ready to sanction Turkey if it accepts a delivery of Russian S-400 missiles.

Russia has confirmed the decision to speed up the supplies of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Turkey, President Vladimir Putin announced at the press conference following the Russian-Turkish talks in the Turkish capital.

The Russian president has arrived in Ankara for talks with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts on April 3. The sides finalised the deal for Ankara to purchase S-400 missiles, despite NATO's concerns in December 2017, and Russian Federation has been building Turkey's first nuclear power plant.

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

Turkish-Russian relations have been increasingly well.

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

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.

The project was launched with Erdogan declaiming "in the name of God!" and work immediately began on the site, with the first concrete pouring as celebratory fireworks were set off.

It will produce 35 billion kilowatts of electricity at full capacity, which will meet about 10 percent of Turkey's electricity needs.

"We face the ambitious goal of launching the first reactor in 2023 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey", Putin said during Tuesday's ceremony. "Turkey is a highly developed state in terms of technology and economics, but this is a new stage in the development of the Turkish economy", Putin said.

But Erdogan indicated that Turkey was in no mood to listen to criticism from the West over the purchase.

"This is an issue of commerce".

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