ZELENSKY: UKRAINE-TURKEY RELATIONS SHOULD BE BETTER THAN TURKISH-RUSSIAN RELATIONS


12/10/2019




Selin ATAY-TDO- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for strengthening of relations and an increase in the commodity turnover with Turkey to a level exceeding the relations between Ankara and Moscow.

"Our relations with Turkey are currently not bad at all and our commodity turnover is very big. We just need to increase [the turnover] and become closer. We want the relations between Ukraine and Turkey to be stronger than the relations between Turkey and Russia,"

"This is especially concerning our joint unmanned aerial vehicle production," Zelenskiy said, recalling the decision to strengthen cooperation in the field of defense during a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. We are also interested in cooperation in the agricultural sector. We have evaluated energy-related issues and we want to reach agreement on this," he said.

Relations between Turkey and Ukraine which gained a significant momentum in the last three years in terms of politics, military, diplomacy, culture and economy, have evolved into a strategical partnership. Tourism also stands out as one of the important cooperation areas between Turkey and Ukraine. The countries started to implement visa-free travel in 2012 and passport-free travel as of June 2017.

Turkey and Ukraine have made progress in security issues recently, while supporting each other’s policies in such international organizations as the European Council, UN, and OSCE. Whereas the NATO-Ukraine Commission, BLACKSEAFOR and Operation Black Sea Harmony have had an important place in military relationships, the cooperation made in defense industry has reached significant levels.


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