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Lavrov: “Turkish Stream” and Akkuyu NPP will be completed in due time

Major Russian-Turkish projects such as the construction of the Turkish Stream pipeline and the Akkuyu nuclear power plant will be implemented in due course despite the pandemic, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said today after talks with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Sochi, TASS reported.
Lavrov said he discussed with his Turkish counterpart the implementation of major joint projects, including the Turkish Stream gas pipeline and the Akkuyu nuclear power plant. Unfortunately due to the pandemic the relevant processes were delayed, but now they are again gaining momentum and we are convinced that all of them will be implemented in a timely manner, the Russian Foreign Minister said, BTA reports.

The Turkish Stream pipeline, which was launched on 8 January, runs along the bottom of the Black Sea from the territory of Russia to the coast of Turkey. Next follows a land transit line to the border with neighbouring countries, from where gas is now exported to Greece, Bulgaria, North Macedonia. After the completion of construction of the entire infrastructure, gas transmission will reach Serbia and Hungary, TASS recalls.

The construction project of Turkey's first nuclear power plant is implemented by Akkuyu Nuclear Company established in Turkey on the basis of an intergovernmental agreement signed between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey in May 2010. Upon completion of construction, Akkuyu NPP with capacity of 4800 megawatts will produce about 35 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.