Putin launches Turkey nuclear project, vows faster arms delivery

Lucy Bush
April 4, 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed Russia's President Putin on Tuesday as construction began on the country's first nuclear power plant.

"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.

Turkey and Russia have made a decision to shorten the duration of the S-400 air defense missile systems' delivery, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on April 3, speaking in the presidential complex in Ankara in a joint press conference held with his Turkish counterpart. "Today, we are not only commencing building Turkey's first nuclear power plant but we are also establishing Turkey's nuclear business sector", Putin said.

Moscow and Ankara are in close cooperation to eliminate terror in Syria as well as to end the 7 year-long conflict in the war-torn country in a short period of time, Erdogan added.

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

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

But Ankara-Moscow relations were also tested by a severe crisis from November 2015 when Turkey shot down a Russian warplane over Syria, a confrontation both sides are trying to put behind them.

In late June 2016 the Kremlin says Erdogan has apologised for the jet downing in a message to Putin, in which he calls for a return to friendlier ties.

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"This is completely a new step, a new step towards the development of Turkey's economy", the Russian president said.

Erdogan declared: "We are witnessing a historic moment". Putin said it was chose to expedite the deliveries of S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey. The first stage is due to come online in 2023, the 100th anniversary of modern Turkey's founding, and be completed entirely in 2026.

Once completed the power station will provide 10 percent of the electricity needs of Turkey, which has few energy resources of its own.

"This is an issue of commerce".

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