Russia, Turkey agree to speed up delivery of S-400s

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads the weekly cabinet meeting at the PM’s office in Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads the weekly cabinet meeting at the PM’s office in Jerusalem

Presidents of Turkey and Russia, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin, will take part in the foundation laying ceremony of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant through videoconference, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey told Trend April 3. "This marks a new stage in the development of Turkey's economy".

'This scale of the project is hard to exaggerate, ' Putin said at the ceremony.

Despite their differences over Syria, Turkey and Russian Federation are forging closer ties, particularly in the economic field.

They were also expected to discuss bilateral trade and economic cooperation, details on Turkey's plans to buy surface-to-air missile systems from Russian Federation, as well as the situation in Syria.

Putin then said he and Erdogan had made a decision to "speed up" the delivery of S-400 air defence missile systems to Ankara, a purchase that has raised concerns among Turkey's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners.

While EU powers have rushed to join Britain in condemning Russian Federation and expelling diplomats over the attack on Skripal, Turkey has been much more circumspect.

"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.

He highlighted that Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant would be a symbol of the Turkish-Russian friendship.

Key Syrian regime backers Russian Federation and Iran have joined forces with rebel-supporting Turkey to push forward a peace process but also to ensure influence in Syria once the conflict ends.

"It's a done deal", Erdogan said.

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.

Erdogan declared: "We are witnessing a historic moment".

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

"If you can deal with them, deal with them, or we will come to Sinjar and we will do it", he added.

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