November 17, 2017 / 5:40 AM / 4 months ago

Turkey's Erdogan says wants Akkuyu nuclear plant foundations laid by end-November: papers

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wants the foundations to be laid for the Akkuyu nuclear plant in southern Turkey by the end of this month, Yeni Safak and other newspapers cited him as telling reporters during a visit to Qatar.

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by Chief of the General Staff Hulusi Akar, reviews Turkish troops during his visit at the Qatari-Turkish Armed Forces Land Command Base in Doha, Qatar, November 15, 2017. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday Russia and Turkey plan to launch the first reactor at Akkuyu in 2023, with Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom set to begin work at the site in the near future.

Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Editing by Daren Butler

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