Turkey and Russian Federation: repairing ruptured ties

Turkey and Russian Federation: repairing ruptured ties

Kerry Wise
April 4, 2018

The groundbreaking ceremony of Turkey's first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, was held Tuesday with the participation of Turkish and Russian presidents via video teleconference from capital Ankara.

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.

Earlier, Putin said that Russian state-run nuclear corporation Rosatom would soon start work on building the Akkuyu NPP project, adding that during the bilateral talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the parties have discussed strategic cooperation in the energy sector.

Putin and Erdogan will also launch the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant.

The three countries are sponsoring a series of efforts in a bid to end the seven-year war.

"I wish that all our meetings benefit the whole of our region", Erdogan said at a meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council, which takes place in Ankara under the chairmanship of the Presidents of Russian Federation and Turkey.

But Ankara-Moscow relations were also tested by a severe crisis from November 2015 when Turkey shot down a Russian warplane over Syria, a confrontation both sides are trying to put behind them.

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Their meeting comes as ties between Russia and the West are nosediving to post-Cold War lows after the March poisoning of Russian ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK.

In late June 2016 the Kremlin says Erdogan has apologised for the jet downing in a message to Putin, in which he calls for a return to friendlier ties.

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That year will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of modern Turkey, when Erdogan says the country will be among the world's top 10 economies.

Once completed the power station will provide 10 percent of the electricity needs of Turkey, which has few energy resources of its own.

The deal has been valued at about $2bn according to reports. In particular, we talked about the implementation of the contract for the delivery of S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey.