Putin, Erdoğan

Erdoğan suggests Putin could visit Türkiye in April

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan has suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin could visit Turkey next April, coinciding with the inauguration scheduled for the 27th of next month of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant, the first in Turkey and which has been designed and built by the Russian state atomic corporation Rosatom, which will also have the rights to use, exploit and manage the plant, with an estimated life span of 60 years, extendable for another 20. Erdoğan, who made these statements during an interview last night with the Turkish TV network ATV, said however that Putin could travel to Mersin in person for the inauguration, or attend via teleconference. Turkey does not recognize the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, so if Putin finally travels to the country, Turkish authorities would not be obliged to detain the Russian president.