The plant, loaded with nuclear fuel, will replace a coal-fired power plant and an ageing nuclear power plant supplying more than 50,000 people with electricity. Rosatom says the plant is safe, but environmentalists voice concerns.
Russian state nuclear company Rosatom says the plant is safe and can serve as a new power source for the planet's most isolated communities, but environmentalists have voiced concerns over the risk of nuclear accidents.
A senior Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity says Washington was not prepared to say at this point whether it was a nuclear explosion but believed it did involve radioactive elements.
The parliament has called on Turkey to halt constructing a nuclear power plant and consult Greece and Greek Cypriots for negotiations.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Turkey is working with Japan to build a second nuclear power plant in Turkey's Sinop province.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a joint press conference with Russian President Putin on Tuesday that the two countries have finalised the deal for the purchase of S-400 missile defence systems.
Turkey and Russia are strengthening their economic ties and co-operation in Syria, amid growing tensions between the West and Russia, and after Trump said he would withdraw from Syria.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will jointly launch the Akkuyu nuclear power plant's first unit with a video teleconference during a groundbreaking ceremony.
Construction on Turkey's first nuclear power plant to begin in 2018, after sources said the $20 billion project is likely to miss its 2023 opening, since Russian builder Rosatom struggled to find local partners.
Russia's meteorological service confirms European reports about contamination of radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 in several parts of the country. The ruthenium was detected across Europe in September.
The first arrest in investigation into ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 election campaign could be come as early as Monday next week.
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