Intensifying affronts in Syria's Afrin, Ghouta and Idlib regions have made room for Turkish President Erdogan's Operation Olive Branch to take effect and target militant Kurds (YPP), much to the dismay of the YPP-dependent U.S., which is also ready to sanction Turkey if it accepts a delivery of Russian S-400 missiles.
At a press conference in Ankara, Putin announced that Russian Federation would push forward its delivery dates for the S-400 defense systems, which have been due after a contract was signed between the two countries in December, despite objections from Turkey's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.
Putin, in the last 20 months has met nine times with Erdogan, in his speech at Turkey's presidential palace stressed that the Akkuyu nuclear power station is an important step for Turkey's economy, adding that the security measures in Akkuyu are at the highest level, adding that it is an environmentally friendly program.
Erdoğan will host Putin and Iranian counterpart Hasan Rouhani on April 4 to discuss the ongoing Astana and Sochi processes to bring an end to the conflict in Syria.
But Ankara-Moscow relations were also tested by a severe crisis from November 2015 when Turkey shot down a Russian warplane over Syria, a confrontation both sides are trying to put behind them.
In March Britain blames Russia for the poisoning on its soil of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.
'We are also in close cooperation with Russian Federation to end as soon as possible the terror threat and clashes in Syria, ' Erdogan said.
"In the name of God!"
"Companies are working on it", Putin said. When Akkuyu starts operating with all its reactors we will cover 10% of our country's electrical needs.
"We face the ambitious goal of launching the first reactor in 2023 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey", Putin said during Tuesday's ceremony.
Russian Federation and Turkey are also building the TurkStream gas pipeline under the Black Sea that will allow Moscow to pump gas to Europe avoiding Ukraine and increase Turkey's importance as a transit hub. Putin said it was made a decision to expedite the deliveries of S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey.
The deal has been valued at about $2bn according to reports.