Turkey announced its intention to build a nuclear power plant with China, refusing Russia

Turkey announced its intention to build a nuclear power plant with China, refusing Russia

Turkey’s agreement with China on the construction of a new nuclear power plant will soon be completed, accordingly, Ankara will respond with a refusal to the Russian Federation, which claimed to receive this project.

About this informs Al-Monitor.

“Nuclear power is an important part of Turkey’s energy planning. South Korean companies and Rosatom have expressed interest in construction,” the report says.

At the same time, Turkish Energy Minister Alparslan Bayraktar told reporters that Ankara is already negotiating with the Chinese company on this issue and that the deal could be completed “in a few months.”

Although back in July, Bayraktar stated that Ankara is conducting negotiations, including with Russia, on the construction of Turkey’s second and third nuclear power plants.

As the publication notes, the refusal received by Russia is all the more unpleasant for it, since the Russian Federation received only one order for the construction of a nuclear power plant from Ankara, while Turkey plans to build a third nuclear power plant, choosing other partners.

In addition, the publication emphasizes that Bayraktar’s comments regarding the determination of the contractor for the construction of the nuclear power plant were made against the background of improving relations between China and Turkey.

We remind you:

Previously, Russia tried to use the construction of the first Turkish nuclear power plant, Akkuyu, which is critically important for Turkey, for traditional Russian blackmail. After relations between the two countries deteriorated in November 2015, when a Su-24 front-line bomber of the Russian air group was shot down over Syria, the Russian Federation halted construction.

As of today, Rosatom transfers funds to its subsidiaries engaged in the construction of nuclear power plants in Turkey with the help of banks that have come under sanctions.

In addition, Akkuyu Nukleer AS Energy Company, controlled by Rosatom Corporation, last July terminated its contract with the Turkish builder IC Ictas in favor of the Russian TSM Enerji regarding the completion of the construction of a nuclear power plant on the territory of Turkey.

IC Ictas representatives accused Rosatom of a deliberate attempt to reduce the number of Turkish contractors in the project.

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