Erdogan tells Putin Türkiye can play facilitating role on Ukraine nuclear plant

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discuss latest developments, bilateral relations over phone.

Erdogan tells Putin Türkiye can play facilitating role on Ukraine nuclear plant

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that, as in the grain agreement, Ankara could play a facilitating role on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine as well.

In a phone call, Erdogan and Putin also exchanged views on the bilateral relations, and regional issues, particularly grain exports, Türkiye's Communications Directorate said in a statement.

Türkiye, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine signed an agreement in Istanbul on July 22 to resume grain exports from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports, which paused after the Russia-Ukraine war that began in February.

Erdogan also expressed his condolences to Putin on the death of the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev.

The leaders also reiterated their determination to proceed with the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, currently under construction in the province of Mersin in southern Türkiye, according to the statement.

Akkuyu's first reactor is set to be operational by 2023, with the entire plant to be up and running by 2025. The project began with a 2010 intergovernmental agreement between Türkiye and Russia.

Erdogan and Putin agreed to discuss all bilateral issues at a meeting in Uzbekistan on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit on Sept. 15-16.

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