Greece calls on Turkey to discuss Akkuyu nuclear plant with neighbours

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on Monday called on Turkey to discuss its plans for a nuclear power plant in the south of the country with its neighbours.

Dendias made the remarks on Twitter, in a post commemorating the 35th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. 

“The Chernobyl disaster, the largest nuclear disaster in history, is a constant reminder of the lurking dangers. As I have already stated, Turkey must reach an understanding with its neighbouring countries on the Akkuyu nuclear power plant project,” Dendias said.

Officials broke ground on Akkuyu, the first nuclear power plant in Turkey’s Mersin province, in 2018 and the station is due to come online in 2023, the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey. The $22 billion project, owned by the Russian energy company Rosatom, has come under criticism over environmental concerns and increasing Turkey’s reliance on Russia.

Dendias has previously gone on record to say the Akkuyu power plant jeopardizes regional safety, bringing the issue up in his phone call with U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken in February. Dendias criticised Ankara over what he called its unwillingness to share any information about Akkuyu.