ANKARA — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a video appearance on Thursday after canceling a series of campaign events and travel over the past two days for health reasons. The health saga comes at a critical time in Turkish politics, ahead of country's elections due to be held on May 14.
Speaking via a video link at the opening of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant in country's Mediterranean port city of Mersin, a seemingly recovered but fatigued Erdogan said the project was the biggest joint Turkish-Russian investment yet. Erdogan, 69 years old, spoke for six minutes.
"Albeit after a 60-year delay, our country has entered the league of nuclear powers," Erdogan said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke virtually at the same event for 12 minutes.