By BBC Monitoring
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit Turkey on 27 April to inaugurate the country's first nuclear power plant.
"Mr Putin may come on 27 April or we will connect via an online system and take the first step for Akkuyu," state-funded Anadolu Agency quoted Erdogan as saying.
Erdogan said one of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant's reactors will be opened on 27 April and three others will be opened over the next five years.
He was speaking in an interview broadcast jointly by staunchly pro-government A Haber and ATV channels.
The Akkuyu plant is being built by Russia's state nuclear energy company Rosatom in Turkey's southern province of Mersin,
The Kremlin recently denied Turkish reports that Putin is planning a visit to Turkey.
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Source: Anadolu (also known as Anatolia) news agency website, Ankara, in Turkish 2006 gmt 29 Mar 23