Putin, Erdogan Hold Joint Press Conference

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.

The sides were expected to discuss economic issues, the implementation of strategic projects such as the Akkuyu nuclear power plant as well as the delivery of Russian S-400 air defense systems to Turkey.

Turkey and Russia have made a decision to shorten the duration of the S-400 air defense missile systems' delivery, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on April 3, speaking in the presidential complex in Ankara in a joint press conference held with his Turkish counterpart. 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.

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Turkish-Russian relations have been increasingly well.

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.

The project was launched with Erdogan declaiming "in the name of God!" and work immediately began on the site, with the first concrete pouring as celebratory fireworks were set off. Putin said it was chose to expedite the deliveries of S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey.

"We are aiming in 2023, at the 100 years of our Republic, to be among the top 10 economies in the world".

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The Akkuyu NPP will produce 35 billion kilowatts of electricity at full capacity, which will meet about 10 percent of Turkey's electricity needs.

The deal has been valued at about $2bn according to reports.

"We are witnessing a historic moment for both the development of our country and our energy cooperation with Russia", the Turkish President said in his speech, while the Russian President said the Akkuyu nuclear power plant is safe and environmentally friendly.

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