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Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin have launched the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant earlier in the day.

"Companies are working on it", Putin said.

Turkey and Russian Federation have forged burgeoning ties in recent months on a number of, despite past differences.

The warming relations between the two countries stand in contrast to the souring relations between Russia and the West over the poisoning in Britain of a Russian ex-spy.

"We are witnessing a historic moment in terms of the development of our country and cooperation with Russian Federation on energy", Erdogan said, adding that Turkey is determined to boost cooperation with Russian Federation on regional issues.

Erdogan said: 'The power plant will contribute to our energy security and also play an important role in the fight against climate change'.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that his country's plan to purchase Russia's long-range missile defense system is a "done deal", brushing aside concerns from some North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Last week, Turkey announced it would not be following North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and European Union allies in ousting Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning in Britain of a former Russian spy.

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At present, there are 450 nuclear power plants in 31 countries, while 55 plants are under construction around the world.

Erdogan has said that Ankara will not act against Moscow "based on an allegation".

The three leaders will discuss regional events, the ongoing war in Syria, and the relations between their countries.

The project was launched with Erdogan declaiming "in the name of God!" and work immediately began on the site, with the first concrete pouring as celebratory fireworks were let off.

"When all four units go online, the plant will meet 10 percent of Turkey's energy needs", Erdogan said, adding that despite delays Turkey still planned to start generating power at the first unit in 2023.

The two countries are also building the TurkStream pipeline, estimated to be worth more than $12 billion, to transport Russian gas to Turkey.

Key Syrian regime backers Russian Federation and Iran have joined forces with rebel-supporting Turkey to push forward a peace process but also to ensure influence in Syria once the conflict ends.

"We are realising a number of strategic projects with the Russian Federation", said Erdogan.

  • Adam Floyd