Putin attends groundbreaking ceremony for Turkey's first nuclear power plant
00:55, Apr 4, 2018
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The leaders of Turkey and Russian Federation marked the official start of work to build Turkey's first nuclear power station on Tuesday, launching construction of the $20 billion Akkuyu plant in the southern province of Mersin.
Tomorrow, Putin will be in Ankara for a three-way summit with Erdogan and their Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani.
Construction site of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant is seen during the groundbreaking ceremony in Mersin, Turkey April 3, 2018.
Turkey and Russian Federation have put aside their traditional rivalries and differences on regional issues to forge closer ties.
'In the name of God!' Erdogan said standing next to Putin at the presidential palace in Ankara before fireworks launched to mark the event.
At present, there are 450 nuclear power plants in 31 countries, while 55 plants are under construction around the world.
At a press conference in Ankara, Putin announced that Russian Federation would push forward its delivery dates for the S-400 defense systems, which have been due after a contract was signed between the two countries in December, despite objections from Turkey's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.
The three leaders will discuss regional events, the ongoing war in Syria, and the relations between their countries.
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.
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