Russia's Rosatom Hopes Politics Not to Affect Cooperation With Turkey
Rosatom highly values the bilateral relations with Turkey, and expresses its sincere hope that these relations will continue developing accordingly to the plans the Russian and Turkish authorities had devised earlier, according to the company’s press service statement.
In May 2010, Russia and Turkey signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in relation to the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant at the Akkuyu site in the Mersin Province in Turkey. "Rosatom always fulfills its obligations, even in difficult political circumstances. There are no changes in the work of the Akkuyu project company," Rosatom press service said.
Earlier in the day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the country could seek other partners for construction of the plant, after Russia violated its airspace. On Monday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said a Russian military aircraft violated the country’s airspace near Syria on October 3. The Russian Defense Ministry later confirmed that on October 3 an Su-30 Flanker multirole fighter briefly entered Turkish airspace for a few seconds due to poor weather conditions.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told journalists on Monday that the incident involving a Russian jet entering Turkish airspace had not affected relations between the countries. According to Davutoglu, Moscow assured Ankara that such incidents would not take place in the future.
On September 30, Russia’s Sukhoi Su-25, Su-24M and Su-34 attack aircraft, with the support of Su-30 jets, commenced precision airstrikes against the Isalmic State targets in Syria, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.