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Kremlin Spokesperson Addresses Putin’s Potential Trip to Turkey’s Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant

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Moscow, March 30 – No exact decisions have been made about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s trip to Turkey at the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant or participation in the video conference, but Russia will be adequately represented and will participate in the ceremony, said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation of Journalists.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the possibility of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the country on April 27. Earlier, Erdogan said that fuel loading at the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant in Mersin is scheduled for April 27.
“So far, no specific decisions have been made. The only thing that can be said is that, of course, one way or another, the Russian side will be adequately represented and will participate in the ceremony that will take place in Putin’s trip to the Akkuyu nuclear power plant,” Peskov said when asked. Or take part in a video conference “End of April”.

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He added that “this is a very important project” for relations between Russia and Turkey and in general for the development of energy in Turkey.
The nuclear fuel is to be delivered to the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant construction site in Turkey and placed in the new nuclear fuel storage at the site. From the moment the fuel is delivered, the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant will become a nuclear facility. It has become a country where nuclear energy is present, the News Agency reported earlier in the design company “Akkuyu Nuclear”.
Akkuyu NPP, which is being built with the participation of Russia, is the first nuclear power plant in Turkey. It is planned that after commissioning all four units, which will be equipped with advanced Russian VVER-1200 reactors, the plant will generate about 35 billion kilowatt-hours annually and cover up to 10% of Turkey’s electricity needs. In addition, this is the first project in the global nuclear industry to be implemented according to the “build, own and operate” model. Its cost is about $ 20 billion. Akkuyu meets all modern international safety requirements in the nuclear industry.
The construction of the first power unit at Akkuyu NPP began in April 2018, the second – in April 2020, the third – in March 2021, and the fourth – in July 2022.

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