Putin and Erdogan launch Turkey's first nuclear reactor

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin

The Akkuyu nuclear power plant will meet 10% of Turkey's requirements for electric power, according to Erdogan.

Turkish President noted that before the meeting of the Council his meeting with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin took place.

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

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.

Putin, in the last 20 months has met nine times with Erdogan, in his speech at Turkey's presidential palace stressed that the Akkuyu nuclear power station is an important step for Turkey's economy, adding that the security measures in Akkuyu are at the highest level, adding that it is an environmentally friendly program.

The two presidents will hold a video teleconference with the power plant for the opening ceremony.

"The scale of this project is hard to exaggerate", Putin said at the ceremony.

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Ankara has granted Russian state nuclear energy conglomerate Rosatom a construction license to start work on the first unit of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant on Turkey's Mediterranean coast. The sides closed a deal in December 2017 for Ankara to buy S-400 air missile defence systems - despite NATO's concerns - and Russian Federation has been building Turkey's first nuclear power plant.

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

In addition to relations on regional issues, Ankara and Moscow have have been working on boosting economic ties that were damaged following Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet operating in Syria, after it violated Turkish airspace in November 2015.

In December Russia says it has completed negotiations with Turkey for the sale of an S-400 air defence missile system, with delivery scheduled for late 2019.

The two countries are also building the TurkStream pipeline, estimated to be worth more than $12 billion, to transport Russian gas to Turkey.

With Assad-backer Iran they launch in early 2017 peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, becoming the powerbrokers in Syria and sidelining the United States.

In December, they finalized a deal for Turkey to purchase Russia's long-range S-400 missile defense system, raising eyebrows among some of Turkey's fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members.

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