MOSCOW (Today’s Zaman)–Ankara and Moscow will soon sign an agreement paving the way for the establishment of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, the Turkish energy minister said Tuesday.
Turkey’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz said Turkey and Russia would sign the agreement in Ankara on Wednesday.
“There are no problems or negative developments regarding the agreement,” Yildiz told a joint press conference with Russian Deputy Premier Igor Ivanovich Sechin at Ankara’s Esenboga Airport.
Sechin traveled to the Turkish capital within the framework of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s scheduled visit to Turkey May 11-12.
A Turkish-Russian consortium led by Russia’s Atomstroyexport had been the only bidder in a 2008 tender to build the country’s first nuclear power plant. However, Turkey’s state-run electricity wholesaler TETAS canceled the tender in November 2009.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan traveled to Moscow in January where he signed a joint declaration with his counterpart to cooperate in establishing a nuclear power plant in Turkey.