Russian Corporation Opens First Nuclear Plant in Turkey

Russian Corporation Opens First Nuclear Plant in Turkey

During Vladimir Putin's first foreign visit since his election last month, the Russian and Turkish presidents have agreed to broaden military cooperation, and officially launched the construction of a nuclear power plant.

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.

Mr Putin hailed the project as a symbol of growing co-operation between Russian Federation and Turkey.

Despite their differences over Syria, Turkey and Russian Federation are forging closer ties, particularly in the economic field. 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.

Erdogan said: 'The power plant will contribute to our energy security and also play an important role in the fight against climate change'.

"It's a done deal", Erdogan said. The three countries are sponsoring a series of efforts in a bid to end the seven-year war.

The project is being implemented for the first time in the world with the use of a build-own-operate model, which means that Russian Federation builds and then owns and operates the facility.

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.

"When all units are in operation, the nuclear plant will supply 10 percent of Turkey's electricity demand", Putin noted.

"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", the Russian leader said.

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.

The Turkish leader spoke of "attempts to poison Turkish-Russian cooperation" and added: "Thank God our relations navigated these hard tests with success".

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