Erdogan and Vladimir Putin launched construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant

Vastavam web: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin today launched the construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant in the Mediterranean Mersin region.”In the name of God!” Erdogan said standing next to Putin at the presidential palace in Ankara as he ordered through a video link the launch of the 20 billion dollar Akkuyu nuclear power plant project.Once completed the power station will provide 10 percent of the electricity needs of Turkey, which has few energy resources of its own.

The first stage is due to come online in 2023, the 100th anniversary of modern Turkey’s founding, and be completed entirely in 2026.”This scale of the project is difficult to exaggerate,” Putin said at the ceremony. “This marks a new stage in the development of Turkey’s economy.”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.”

Turkey and Russia have forged burgeoning ties in recent months on a number of areas including energy as well as the Syrian crisis, despite differences on key policy areas.”We are also in close cooperation with Russia to end as soon as possible the terror threat and clashes in Syria,” Erdogan said.