Putin and Erdogan launch construction of Turkey's first nuclear reactor

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On Tuesday, April 3, Putin held talks in Ankara with his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan.

Energy Minister of Turkey, Berat Albayrak, said that the Turkish president played the most important role in realising this dream, adding that this strong cooperation would be the most important in terms of future steps between the two countries.

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

"We agreed with my dear friend, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to do everything necessary to achieve that goal".

The warming relations between the two countries stand in contrast to the souring relations between Russia and the West over the poisoning in Britain of a Russian ex-spy.

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Erdogan told the news conference Turkey may cooperate with Russian Federation on defense projects besides the S-400 missile defense system which Moscow has agreed to supply to Ankara. All three countries are heavily involved in the war-torn Arab state and now sponsoring peace efforts to bring the conflict to an end.

In the Syrian conflict, Russian Federation and Turkey have backed opposing sides but the two countries, along with Iran, have worked together to create "de-escalation zones" to reduce the fighting.

'We are also in close cooperation with Russian Federation to end as soon as possible the terror threat and clashes in Syria, ' Erdogan said.

"Companies are working on it", Putin said.

"This is completely a new step, a new step towards the development of Turkey's economy", the Russian president said.

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

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 let off.

In addition, government calculations expect the power plant to cover 10 percent of the country's electricity needs when it reaches peak performance.

"We face the ambitious goal of launching the first reactor in 2023 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey", Mr Putin said during Tuesday's ceremony.

Half of the offshore section of the pipeline has already been installed.

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