The FINANCIAL — According to RIA Novosti, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a two-day working visit to Moscow on January 12 to discuss economic cooperation, primarily joint energy projects, the Turkish government said on January 11.
The sides are expected to "exchange views on regional issues and economic problems on the agenda of the two states, above all, energy," the government said in a press release.
According to Turkish media reports, the talks will focus on Russian gas supplies to Turkey, and a number of oil and gas pipeline projects, including the South Stream project to pump Russian and Central Asian gas to Europe along the bed of the Black Sea, the second leg of the Blue Stream natural gas pipeline, linking the two countries, and the Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline to bring Caspian oil to the Mediterranean via Turkey.
Nuclear energy cooperation might also be discussed at the talks, including the construction of power plants in Turkey.
Turkey's Electricity Trade Corp (TETAS) canceled a tender for the construction of its first nuclear power plant late last year. Turkey plans to announce a new tender for three nuclear power plants later this year.
Russia's Atomstroyexport, power producer Inter RAO UES, and Turkey's Park Teknik had sought to build four nuclear reactors with a capacity of 1,200 MW each in Turkey.