Russian ambassador hopes Turkish NPP project only having technical troubles

Russia expects to work constructively with Turkey to resolve the problems that have arisen in the project to build Turkey's first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu, the Russian ambassador in Ankara, Vladimir Ivanovsky said.

"The project to build the first NPP in Turkey at the Akkuyu site is generally going according to schedule. In 2013 there are plans to complete the organizational-preparatory and document stage of work and begin actual construction next year," Ivanovsky said in an interview with Interfax

However, he said "there's no such thing as big projects without difficulties" and they are bound to arise even "in the implementation of such a genuinely serious investment project in Russian practice as the construction of the first NPP in Turkey, but they are, we hope, of a technical nature."

"We are counting on construction collaboration with the Turkish government and an understanding of all the risks that the Russian side has assumed by fully supporting the necessary investments, construction and subsequent operation of the plant," Ivanovsky said.

The experience of cooperation on the Blue Stream gas pipeline confirms that Russia and Turkey can tackle major challenges together, he said.

He said Moscow expects the Akkuyu project will give a push to developing broad cooperation in other, related sectors. "The representative offices of state corporation Rosatom that opened recently in Ankara will be called upon to work on these objectives, among others," Ivanovsky said.

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