Moscow to accelerate delivery of S-400 system to Turkey

The tests come after Putin tried out intercontinental ballistic missiles on Friday last week

Once completed the power station will provide 10 percent of the electricity needs of Turkey, which has few energy resources of its own.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan marked the start to construction, watching by video link from Ankara.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, on his first foreign visit since being re-elected on March 18, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remotely gave the go-ahead for the construction of the Russian-built nuclear plant on the Mediterranean coast at Akkuyu.

Russian Federation has also ties with the group, but Turkish foreign minister Cavusoglu said "Russia understands Turkey's stance on the YPG better than the United States does, Russian Federation doesn't send any weapons to the YPG".

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

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

That year will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of modern Turkey, when Erdogan says the country will be among the world's top 10 economies.

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Intensifying affronts in Syria's Afrin, Ghouta and Idlib regions have made room for Turkish President Erdogan's Operation Olive Branch to take effect and target militant Kurds (YPP), much to the dismay of the YPP-dependent U.S., which is also ready to sanction Turkey if it accepts a delivery of Russian S-400 missiles.

The Akkuyu plant, comprising four reactors, each with a capacity of 1,200 megawatts, will be built by the Russian State Nuclear Energy Agency, Rosatom.

Turkey and Russian Federation have put aside their traditional rivalries and differences on regional issues to forge closer ties. The two presidents attended the ceremony to launch the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant.

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.

But Ankara-Moscow relations were also tested by a severe crisis from November 2015 when Turkey shot down a Russian warplane over Syria, a confrontation both sides are trying to put behind them. 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.

In December, they finalized a deal for Turkey to purchase Russia's long-range S-400 missile defense system, raising eyebrows among some of Turkey's fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members.

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