Turkey grants construction license to Akkuyu NPP

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When operational, the power plant is estimated to meet around 10 percent of Turkey's electricity demand, which equals to the power consumption of Istanbul, Turkey's largest metropolis.

A war of words between Putin and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rages as Moscow demands an apology.

The construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant was launched on Tuesday with a ceremony attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart.

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.

Co-operation in the energy industry between the two states has grown after they signed contracts for the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant project and TurkStream.

"The Akkuyu plant will be the 56th nuclear plant constructed in the world", Erdogan said via a video teleconference held at the presidential complex in Ankara.

Putin said Russian Federation will manufacture the S-400 missiles at a quicker pace than initially planned to deliver them more quickly per Ankara's request. The first stage is due to come online in 2023, the 100th anniversary of modern Turkey's founding, and be completed entirely in 2026.

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The Akkuyu NPP with four VVER-1200 nuclear power units will be built in the province of Mersin on the Mediterranean coast.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will join Erdogan and Putin for a three-way summit on Syria in Ankara on Wednesday.

Turkey and Russian Federation have recently put aside their traditional rivalries and differences on regional issues to forge closer ties.

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.

Moscow will accelerate the delivery of the Russian air defense system S-400 to Turkey, according to Kremlin press office on Monday.

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. It already imports about 30 billion cubic metres annually via two pipelines, the Blue Stream, which passes under the eastern Black Sea, and the Western Line through the Balkans.

Ushakov confirmed that Russian Federation would accelerate the delivery of S-400 at the request of Turkey.

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