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04 April 2018, 01:35 | Simon Arnold
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The Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK) granted the country's first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), a construction license on Monday that would allow it to build a unit of the plant.
Yuri Ushakov, Russia's presidential aide, told national media on Monday that Moscow will exert every effort for completing the delivery of air defence systems S-400 to Turkey by 2020.
On Tuesday, April 3, Putin held talks in Ankara with his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan.
Putin and Erdogan will also launch the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant.
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.
Following speeches delivered by the two leaders, Turkish Development Minister Lutfi Elvan pressed the button to lay the foundation of the Akkuyu NPP in Turkey's southern Mersin province and implemented the agreement signed between Turkish and Russian governments back in 2010.
Their meeting came as ties between Russia and the West are nosediving to post-Cold War lows after last month's poisoning of Russian ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK.
"Of course, we discussed the cooperation between Russian Federation and Turkey in the defence industry".
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.
'This scale of the project is hard to exaggerate, ' Putin said at the ceremony.
Erdogan said the power plant would meet 10 percent of Turkey's energy needs after all reactors become operational.
"We are aiming in 2023, at the 100 years of our Republic, to be among the top 10 economies in the world".
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.
"This is an issue of commerce". In particular, we talked about the implementation of the contract for the delivery of S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey.
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