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Moscow, Ankara agree on nuclear power plant cooperation | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire

Russia and Turkey on Wednesday signed a joint statement regarding plans to build a nuclear power plant on Turkish soil.
The document was signed by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, who is in charge of the energy and fuel sector, and his Turkish counterpart.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, currently on a visit to Moscow, said his country was completing preparations for the signing of a formal agreement on the construction of a nuclear power plant on its territory.
He said nuclear cooperation with Russia would proceed through "direct interstate agreements."
He added that "practical results" were expected "in the foreseeable future."
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Russia had "significant advantages over the competition" for building a nuclear plant in Turkey.
"We provide loans and equipment, and we give local construction companies ... a share of 20-25% or even 30% in the entire volume of contracts," he said. "We provide nuclear fuel and are ready to take back spent nuclear fuel for reprocessing."
"Needless to say, we are expecting a positive decision," Putin said.
Turkey canceled a tender for the construction of its first nuclear power plant late last year, but was expected to announce a new tender for three nuclear power plants later this year.
 

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Russia offers Turkey asset swaps, aid in Armenian relations | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia and Turkey could swap their energy assets and suggested Moscow help Turkey improve its ties with ex-Soviet Armenia.
"Russia has been a reliable supplier of energy resources to Turkey," Putin told a news conference following talks with his visiting Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan, which focused on the two countries' joint oil, gas and electricity projects.
Putin said Russian companies wish to take part in the privatization program being carried out by the Turkish government. Russia's Stroytransgas engineering construction company was earlier reported to be in talks on a stake in Istanbul's gas distribution company.
Putin said Wednesday's talks were dominated by the South Stream and Blue Stream natural gas pipelines as well as the Samsun-Ceyhan oil pipeline, describing the former two as "most important for Russia and Turkey, as well as the whole continent."
Turkey gave preliminary approval in August 2009 for Russia to use its sector of the Black Sea for the South Stream pipeline to pump Russian and Central Asian gas to Europe, bypassing Ukraine.
Russia agreed to join a consortium to build the Samsun-Ceyhan oil pipeline from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. The two states also agreed to expand the existing Blue Stream gas pipeline for possible shipments via Turkey to Cyprus and Israel.
The agreements support Turkey's drive to become a regional hub for gas and oil transits while helping Moscow diversify supply routes and potentially maintain its monopoly on natural gas shipments from Asia to Europe.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, in charge of the energy and fuel sector, said ahead of the talks on Wednesday that Russia plans "a proactive role" in the oil consortium, adding its share in the project is being discussed at the moment.
Putin said Russia also seeks to build conventional and nuclear power plants in Turkey.
The two countries signed a joint statement on Wednesday regarding plans to build a nuclear power plant on Turkish soil.
Erdogan said his country was completing preparations for the signing of a formal agreement on the construction of a nuclear power plant on its territory. Putin said Russia had "significant advantages over other competitors" in the deal.
Speaking about Turkey's ties with Armenia, Putin said their improvement should not be linked to the settlement of its fellow Muslim ally Azerbaijan's dispute with Armenia over the Nagorny Karabakh region.
Turkey and Armenia agreed to restore diplomatic ties and improve bilateral relations last October, but some politicians in Ankara said the historic agreements can only be ratified after the Karabakh issue is resolved.
Ankara also demands Yerevan drop its campaign to have the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 internationally recognized as genocide.
"Since Nagorny Karabakh and Turkish-Armenian relations are complex issues, I do not think they should be addressed in one package," Putin told the news conference, adding that this would delay the solutions.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in the dispute even before the breakup of the Soviet Union. Russia has been driving efforts to reach a settlement in the conflict over the ethnic-Armenian region in Azerbaijan, which has been de facto independent since the 1990s.
Putin pledged further efforts to resolve both problems in a bid to improve the situation in the South Caucasus region.
Russia, which traditionally backed Armenia in its disputes with Azerbaijan and Turkey, has recently stepped up economic ties with the latter two nations. Russia is home to millions of ethnic Azerbaijanis and Armenians.
Speaking at the news conference, Erdogan said Turkey and Russia are preparing to switch to national currencies in mutual payments to avoid reserve currency fluctuations.
Erdogan also said the two states could annul travel visas by spring, when Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is due to visit Turkey.
Russians, many of who spend their vacations at Turkish resorts, currently enjoy simplified visa regulations, and can buy visas at airports upon arrival.
 

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Medvedev hails energy cooperation with Turkey

Medvedev hails energy cooperation with Turkey | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire


Russian President Dmitry Medvedev praised energy cooperation with Turkey on Wednesday and said he looked to joint efforts in addressing regional disputes.
Meeting with visiting Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan at his country residence near Moscow, Medvedev highlighted joint gas and oil projects: "We are happy to maintain serious cooperation in this sphere."
Russia and Turkey signed energy deals in August 2009, which will support Turkey's drive to become a regional hub for gas and oil transits while helping Moscow diversify supply routes and potentially maintain its monopoly on natural gas shipments from Asia to Europe.
Turkey allowed Russia's Gazprom to use its sector of the Black Sea for the South Stream pipeline to pump Russian and Central Asian gas to Europe bypassing Ukraine. And Russia agreed to join a consortium to build the Samsun-Ceyhan oil pipeline from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean.
The two states also agreed to expand the existing Blue Stream gas pipeline for possible shipments via Turkey to Cyprus and Israel.
Russia was also reported to be seeking to take part in the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plants.
Echoing the Russian leader, Erdogan highlighted the importance of energy ties and said their countries enjoy "an exemplary cooperation" in the sector.
Medvedev said he hoped Erdogan's current visit will promote "stronger ties between our countries," which he said were important for "addressing complicated regional problems."
Turkey upset its close ally Azerbaijan by agreeing to open diplomatic relations with Armenia late last year.
The two bitter rivals have been locked in a dispute over Nagorny Karabakh since before the breakup of the Soviet Union. Russia has been driving efforts to reach a settlement in the conflict over the ethnic-Armenian region in Azerbaijan, which has been de facto independent since the 1990s.
Meeting with Erdogan later on Wednesday, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said global economic recession sent Russian-Turkish trade down 40% last year, from its all-time high of $35 billion in 2008, but Turkey remains one of Russia's key trade partners, outpacing the United States and Britain.
 

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Purchase of S-400 From Russia 'Might Signal Turkey's Estrangement From NATO'
© Sputnik/ Sergey Malgavko
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17:58 05.05.2017(updated 18:01 05.05.2017)

The possible purchase of Russia's S-400 missile defense system was among the issues topping the agenda of talks between Presidents Putin and Erdogan in Sochi on Wednesday. Turkish journalist and expert on Russia Cenk Başlamış suggested that a delivery such as this one would signal the start of Turkey's estrangement from NATO.


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The Kremlin is ready to constructively discuss with Ankara those strategic issues which bring no damage to Russian interests, political scientist Gevorg Mirzayan, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Sciences of Finance University under the Government of the Russian Federation wrote for Sputnik after the talks between the two Presidents came to a close.

He named the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey, where Russia is ready to invest $22 billion or the suggested deliveries of Russia's advanced S-400 missile defense systems as the most promising avenues.

"If Ankara is ready to pay for this project [S-400], Moscow is ready to help its Turkish partners to demonstrate their independence from the American military and industrial complex," Mirzayan said.

Turkish journalist and expert on Russia and Russian-Turkish relations Cenk Başlamış meanwhile suggested that the move will affect not only Turkey's relationship with the US but with the North-Atlantic Alliance.

"Probably, from Turkey's point of view, the issue of S-400 deliveries is even more important than the Syrian issue," he told Sputnik Turkiye.

"If Turkey starts purchasing the missile defense systems from Russia, it will signal a very important change in its foreign policy. It might signal the start of Ankara's estrangement from NATO. In other words, it is the so-called "shift of axis", which has been so much talked about after July 15 (the date of the failed coup attempt in Turkey)," he said.

https://sputniknews.com/world/201705051053318903-turkey-russia-s400-nato/
 

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