Turkey announced today that they had finally reached “nuclear status” as they received their first batch of nuclear fuel from Russia.
Türkiye gained the status of a country boasting nuclear energy, as its first plant, the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), received the initial batch of nuclear fuel with a ceremony held Thursday.
The ceremony, which granted Akkuyu a “nuclear” plant status, the first for Türkiye, was attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin via videoconference.
With the delivery of nuclear fuels via air and sea, the Akkuyu power plant has become a nuclear facility, Erdoğan said at the ceremony.
“Türkiye has risen to the league of countries with nuclear power in the world, albeit after a 60-year delay,” the president said.
Erdoğan said the EU eliminates roadblocks by accepting nuclear energy as green energy, adding: “We made our country part of this development with Akkuyu.”
Akkuyu NPP is Türkiye’s “biggest joint investment” with Russia, Erdoğan said.
The plant will be fully operational by 2028 and supply 10% of Türkiye’s electricity consumption, the president also said, noting that the Akkuyu project will contribute $1.5 billion (TL 29.15 billion) annually to decrease Türkiye’s natural gas imports and will have a “positive impact” national income.
Putin, meanwhile, said during the joint news conference that it would be difficult to talk about “success” if there were no leaders like President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Russia will continue to help meet Türkiye’s energy needs, Putin also added.
The Akkuyu NPP is being built by Russia’s state atomic energy company Rosatom in Mersin province on the southern Mediterranean coastline.
It is scheduled to see the first of its four reactors go online in the first half of this year. Akkuyu will eventually boast a capacity to provide about 10% of Türkiye’s electricity needs. (Full article.)
Turkey’s partnership with Russia, despite being a member of NATO, is another dramatic example of how the political landscape in the Middle East is rapidly changing, as the region looks to break away from its ties to the United States and U.S. worldwide dominance in energy.
Turkish Revenge Against Europe?
Being the only Muslim country in NATO, Turkey also has the largest number of armed forces in NATO outside of the U.S., and they are a strategic country that spans through both Europe and the Middle East.
Last year they patched up their differences with Saudi Arabia over the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, and last month (March, 2023) Saudi Arabia reportedly deposited $5 billion into Turkey’s Central Bank to help prop up their economy. (Source.)
With the help of China and Russia, Saudi Arabia is becoming a dominant player in Middle Eastern politics and energy, as they have begun to forge new relations with other Middle Eastern nations primarily ruled by the Shi’a faction of Islam in countries like Iran, Syria, and Yemen. Turkey has been part of talks regarding Syria, where they still have military forces present fighting against Kurdish separatists.
Since around 1959, Turkey has been continually trying to gain membership to the European Union, but their long-time neighbor and enemy, Greece, has been the main obstacle in obtaining membership to the EU, primarily over the island of Cyprus, which is half ruled by Greece and half ruled by Turkey.
But Europe has had no issues with Turkey being a part of NATO as they have benefited from the huge Turkish military, and the U.S. has a large Air Force base in southern Turkey near Syria.
Now, as Europe crumbles over the loss of cheap energy imports from Russia, Turkey may be happy that they never gained membership in the European Union and never adopted the Euro.
Oil: The Commodity that Now Unites Former Enemies?
As an example of just how dramatically the geopolitical map is rapidly changing today, Turkey’s historical archenemy since the end of World War I, Greece, is now inviting Turkey to become part of the recently formed East Mediterranean Gas Forum, which began in November of 2019.
What has been the cause of wars and bitter rival enemies for decades now resulting in death and destruction, mainly due to the policies of the U.S. Globalists and their thugs in the CIA, oil, may now ironically become the commodity that unites former enemies as they fight back against U.S. energy dominance.
Check out the member nations that comprise this recently formed East Mediterranean Gas Forum, to which Greece is extending an invitation to Turkey to join.
Throughout history, the East Mediterranean Region has played a prominent role helping shape our modern world today. Located at the crossroads of three continents -Africa, Asia and Europe– has made it essential for trade and key to culture for millennia.
Over the last decade, many significant gas discoveries have been made in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Recognizing the vast resource prospects, opportunities and challenges, it was clear that the full potential of the Eastern Mediterranean gas basin can only be unlocked if suppliers, buyers and transit countries in the East Med region cooperate on developing an infrastructure for gas trade within the region and with external markets.
This outline was the base underpinning the establishment of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum “EMGF” as a platform for Gas producer, consumer and transit countries.
In 2018, Egypt introduced an Initiative to establish the East Mediterranean Gas Forum as a platform for structured policy dialogue on natural gas, leading to the development of a sustainable regional gas market that could unlock the full gas resource potential in the East Mediterranean region.
During the tripartite summit held in October 2018 in Crete, Leaders of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece declared their intentions to establish the Forum, accordingly, further coordination with regional parties and international organizations took place.
The Egyptian initiative was welcomed and sincerely adopted by the rest of the Founding Members; Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan and Palestine (together with Egypt) as an initiative that sets the base for a structured policy dialogue leading to the development of a regional gas market to unlock the full gas resource potential and to set the stage for multilateral and full hub trade. (Source.)
Wait, what?? An organization consisting of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Countries all cooperating together “on developing an infrastructure for gas trade within the region and with external markets“??
And now Greece is inviting their archenemy Turkey to also join??
Greece expects thaw in ties with Türkiye to continue after elections
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said he expects thaw in relations with Türkiye to continue after both countries hold elections in May.
“Greece is always looking for ways to have honest and sincere cooperation with Türkiye,” Dendias said after talks in Athens with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry.
Greek and Turkish officials have held a series of high-level meetings in recent weeks, in the wake of the devastating earthquakes in southern Türkiye in February. They promised to shelve disputes that have caused repeated rounds of tension and even heightened risks of war over decades.
Dendias said Athens would welcome new members of an association of nations in the eastern Mediterranean who cooperate on natural gas development. Türkiye is currently not a member.
The current members of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum are Greek Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. (Source.)
Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Greece and Turkey, all cooperating together.
We are truly living in historical and unprecedented times….
**By Brian Shillhavy