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Erdogan: Putin may visit Turkey for the opening of the nuclear plant

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Azerbaijan will supply natural gas to Hungary, via Bulgaria

Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit Turkey for the opening ceremony of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant on April 27, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced.

“We are currently successfully continuing the construction of the Akkuyu NPP. On April 27, maybe Mr. Putin will come or we will connect via online video link and hopefully we will inaugurate the first stage of our first nuclear power plant,” Erdogan said in a televised interview.

In a social media post yesterday, Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez shared: “The first nuclear fuel is coming to our facility on April 27. Thus Akkuyu NPP, being built by a Russian company, will receive the status of a nuclear facility.”

Meanwhile, Erdogan announced that Turkey and Azerbaijan are ready to supply natural gas to Europe and Hungary through the TANAP trans-Anatolian gas pipeline project, via Bulgaria.

“At the moment, we are ready to provide any kind of support to Azerbaijan regarding the supply of natural gas to Hungary through TANAP,” Erdogan said at a joint press conference with visiting Hungarian President Katalin Novak yesterday in Ankara.

The Turkish president emphasized: “We are in a world characterized by crises and wars. We have been able to build a strong, independent Turkey in this environment, and we must continue.”

“Turkey fought to keep the war away from our country and continues to do so,” Erdogan added.

“First, we will not take our country to war. Second, we will keep the family institution strong. Third, we will be more sensitive to immigration, mainly from Syria, and we will not allow immigrants to be mistreated.”

Erdogan stressed that Ankara will continue its efforts to achieve peace between Russia and Ukraine.

The current president, who is also a presidential candidate in the May 14 election, stressed that his party would conduct a “quiet but thorough election campaign” respecting the suffering of the earthquake victims.

“For 20 years we have been preparing for the elections in 2023. We know the importance of the 100th anniversary of our republic for our country. Because of the earthquake, we changed our election campaign,” he added.

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