Erdogan stated in televised comments that “Maybe Mr Putin will visit on April 27th, or we may connect online to the inauguration ceremony and we will take Akkuyu’s first step,” in remarks on ATV private broadcaster.
Turkey will load the first nuclear fuel into the Akkuyu power unit and officially give it nuclear facility status, Erdogan announced in an earlier announcement Wednesday.
On Monday, the Kremlin denied Turkish reports that Putin planned to visit Turkey.
On Saturday, the Kremlin stated that Erdogan and Putin discussed in a telephone call the success of joint strategic projects within the energy sector, including construction of the Akkuyu nuclear plant.
Turkey will be able to join the small group of countries with civil nuclear energy by joining the $20 billion 4,800 megawatt (MW), project to build four reactors at Akkuyu, a Mediterranean city.
Turkey had previously stated plans to launch the first reactor in Akkuyu by 2023.
An arrest warrant was issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC). It was in response to alleged war crimes committed in Ukraine. This prompted outrage from Moscow. The Rome Statute created the ICC, but Turkey is not a signatory to it.
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