Turkey says new nuclear plant will progress despite Russia tensions

The Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu believes the deterioration in relations between Turkey and Russia will not threaten the development of the country’s first nuclear power plant.
Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu
Davutoglu told Turkish television that there is no reason to halt the planned nuclear power plant with Russia, despite the fact that Russia had stopped construction work following a serious diplomatic incident last week.

The planned $20 billion project has been complicated by the worsening tensions between Moscow and Ankara after Turkey the downing of a Russian Su-24 aircraft by a Turkish F-16 fighter in Syria, on November 24th.

Last week, a source familiar with the situation told RIA Novosti website that the joint Turkish-Russian project set up to construct the plant continues to operate despite tensions between the two countries.

Russia’s ambassador to Turkey laid out the conditions for improved relations, which include apologizing for shooting down its fighter jet, punishing those responsible, and paying for damages, Turkish media reported on Monday.

“Unless these expectations of ours are met, other statements made by Turkey will not yield any results,” said Andrey Karlov, in an interview with the Turkish Cumhuriyet daily and reported by Today’s Zaman.

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