Erdogan says Putin may visit Türkiye for '1st step' on nuclear power plant
Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit Türkiye on April 27 to officially grant the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant a nuclear facility status, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, News.Az reports citing Anadolu Agency.
"Putin may be present on April 27, or we will connect online together, and hopefully, we will take the first step," Erdogan said in an interview broadcast live on Turkish broadcasters A Haber and ATV.
Erdogan said the Akkuyu plant was one of Türkiye's "indispensable investments," adding the facility would help the country "seriously store energy."
Akkuyu, currently under construction in Türkiye's southern Mersin province, will be the country's first nuclear power plant.
Its first reactor is set to be operational in 2023, with the entire plant to be up and running by 2025. The project began with an intergovernmental agreement in 2010 between Türkiye and Russia.
The plant, expected to have an installed capacity of 4,800 megawatts and four reactors, is set to begin producing power later this year.
On the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, Erdogan said Türkiye would not be part of the conflict.
He stressed that Türkiye wanted to solve the dispute via mediation.