Turkey and Ukraine are committed to making a bilateral free trade settlement (FTA) and additional boosting their mutual trade quantity via investments and elevated socio-economic relations, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated Friday.
“We are aiming for $10 billion in bilateral trade with Ukraine,” Erdoğan stated Friday throughout a press convention with Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy on the Presidential Complex in Ankara.
Zelenskiy arrived in Turkey upon the invitation of the Turkish president to talk about bilateral relations and cooperation between the 2 international locations, in addition to regional points.
“I and my buddy Mr. Zelenskiy are on the identical web page,” he stated. “We agree with Mr. Zelenskiy that negotiations on a free trade settlement between our international locations needs to be concluded rapidly.”
The two international locations signed navy cooperation agreements on the sidelines of the go to, deepening their protection partnership, which has been enhanced over latest years.
Erdoğan and Zelenskiy oversaw the signing of a “goodwill” settlement regarding the protection business and a “navy framework settlement,” officers stated, though particulars of the agreements weren’t instantly identified.
Zelenskiy stated the agreements paved the way in which for “new alternatives.”
“Cooperation in the protection business is vital for the event of our strategic partnership and I’m blissful that we’re strengthening it right now,” he stated, talking via an interpreter.
Erdoğan hailed relations with Ukraine and stated each international locations had enhanced their ties in many fields, together with protection, well being and tourism, thanks to an strategy geared towards satisfying each side equally.
Stressing that greater than 500,000 Ukrainian vacationers visited Turkey this summer time regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, Erdoğan stated the information mirrored Ukrainians’ belief in Turkish authorities’ “safe-tourism” marketing campaign.
Erdoğan beforehand met Zelenskiy in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv in February.
Under an settlement signed throughout the go to, Turkey pledged to present TL 205 million ($25.eight million) to assist Ukraine meet its navy wants.
Last yr, Ukraine additionally bought six Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aerial automobiles (UAVs) and three floor management station methods from Turkey.
The two international locations are additionally reportedly engaged in discussions to develop an plane engine.
Ukrainian plane producer Antonov goals to cooperate with the Turkish aviation business for the manufacturing of AN-178 plane, the corporate’s CEO Oleksandr Los stated final month.
Zelenskiy additional famous that some Turkish development firms have been energetic in Ukraine, including that he needed to see extra firms from Turkey.