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    It is important for Russia and Turkey to implement Akkuyu NPP and Turkish Stream projects, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — The Turkish Stream gas pipeline, with an annual capacity of 63 billion cubic meters, was announced in December 2014. The pipeline was expected to run below the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and continue to a hub on the Turkish-Greek border, from where gas could be transferred to Southern Europe.

    The project was suspended in late 2015 amid the deterioration of Moscow-Ankara relations after Turkey downed a Russian Su-24 jet in November 2015.

    "It is important for Russia and Turkey to restore and implement Turkish Stream pipeline and Akkuyu NPP construction projects as well as to focus efforts on attracting greater numbers of Russian tourists to our resorts and of our citizens to Russia," Yildirim told journalists.

    Russia and Turkey signed an agreement to construct and operate Turkey’s first nuclear power plant at the Akkuyu site in the Turkish southern Mersin Province in May 2010. The NPP is expected to produce about 35 billion kilowatt-hours per year. The project's cost is estimated at about $20 billion.


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