Erdogan, Putin to discuss economy ahead of Syria summit

Putin attends groundbreaking ceremony for Turkey's first nuclear power plant

Putin says Russia 'founding' Turkey's nuclear sector, following launch of first nuclear plant

When operational, the power plant is estimated to meet around 10 percent of Turkey's electricity demand, which equals to the power consumption of Istanbul, Turkey's largest metropolis.

Turkish President noted that before the meeting of the Council his meeting with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin took place.

Turkey and Russian Federation will continue to work for peace and stability in the region, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated, according Turkish media.

Russian Federation and Turkey have also over the past months reinforced cooperation on the question of the dragging Syrian war.

The Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant is slated to begin working in 2023.

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"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.

Erdogan and Putin are expected to discuss the relations on energy industry and other current projects.

This will be the first such object to be built in Turkey.

The Akkuyu plant is being built by Russia's nuclear energy agency, Rosatom.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia and Turkey agreed to bring forward the delivery of the S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey.

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Putin and Erdogan - who have both led their post-imperial states out of economic crisis but also into a new era of confrontation with the West - have forged an increasingly close alliance in recent months. The sides closed a deal in December 2017 for Ankara to buy S-400 air missile defence systems - despite NATO's concerns - and Russian Federation has been building Turkey's first nuclear power plant.

And on December 2017, Russian news agency TASS quoted Sergei Chemezov, head of Russian state conglomerate Rostec, as saying that the finance ministries of Turkey and Russia had completed the negotiations and the first of the deliveries was scheduled for early 2020.

Turkey will host a trilateral meeting on the Syrian crisis between the presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran on Wednesday amid significant developments happening on the ground in the seven-year civil war. It already imports about 30 billion cubic metres annually via two pipelines, the Blue Stream, which passes under the eastern Black Sea, and the Western Line through the Balkans. Currently, the project is being fully financed by the Russian side.

Turkey signed an agreement to buy the S-400 system in late December in a move which raised concern in the West because it can not be integrated into NATO's military architecture.

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