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Russia’s Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to Turkey witnessed the presidents of Russia and Turkey broadening military ties as they launched the construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant.
At a press conference held in Ankara a short while later, President Putin announced that Russia would also push forward the delivery dates of its formidable S-400 defense system, after a contract between the two nations was signed.
“We are speeding up production, and we have finalized the prices” Putin said, standing shoulder to shoulder with Turkey’s President Erdogan “…we have done this at the request of our Turkish friends and partners”, the Russian president said turning to look at Turkey’s defiant president.
Russia’s president did not specify when Ankara would receive Moscow’s state-of-the art air defense system, but said that there would be “no political or strategic limitations” to the two nations’ evolving partnership.
Earlier, the two leaders were shown in a video clip at the ground-breaking of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant, which is to be built by a Russian company at a cost of $20 billion.
“We are not just kick-starting the construction of Turkey’s first nuclear plant, we are founding Turkey’s nuclear sector,” Putin said ominously.
Russia’s president additionally confirmed his country’s commitment to the $12 billion Turkstream gas pipeline while announcing “the creation of a joint state investment fund, valued at an initial $1 billion, to look for economic opportunities that benefit both”.
Clearly untroubled by the US and its two closest European allies baring their fangs at him with the threat of pouring down a rain of ballistic missiles on Russian-Syria positions in war-torn Syria, an unperturbed Putin looks for and continues to win over a growing number of friends to his side as he looks to thwart US ambitions in the wider Middle East region.