Relevant ministries of the Governments of Ukraine and Turkey
are instructed to begin technical consultations in order to resume the
negotiations on the introduction of a free trade area. Such talks are due in
March. This was announced by Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk on
Monday, February 15, at a press conference following talks with Prime Minister
of Turkey Ahmet Davutoğlu,
who is in Ukraine for a visit at the invitation of the Head of Ukrainian
Arseniy Yatsenyuk reminded that the negotiations on the free
trade zone between Ukraine and Turkey had been suspended back in 2013.
He expressed gratitude to the Government of Turkey and the
Turkish businessmen, "who continue activities in Ukraine and enlarge
investment flows". He cited an example of successful cooperation between
Ukraine and Turkey - a Turkish company had offered the lowest price to
construct the subway in Dnipropetrovsk.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk also said that he had commissioned to solve
issues aimed at improving the business environment for Turkish entrepreneurs in
Ukraine: "It concerns tax issues, including customs clearance procedures at
the Odessa customs offices".
The Prime Minister of Ukraine stressed it was crucial to
complete the signing of an agreement on the mutual protection of investment,
which now undergo internal procedures.
During the meeting the parties
also tackled the issues of joint projects in security and defense sector.
Another block of issues in the
negotiations of Governmental delegations of
Ukraine and Turkey was further investing in
energy and infrastructure projects, including natural gas, announced Arseniy
Yatsenyuk, noting that it was "the first winter in the entire
history of Ukraine when since 1 January we haven’t bought
natural gas from Russia."
Arseniy Yatsenyuk also noted that the
signing of deals between the Governments of Ukraine and
Turkey on granting Ukraine a loan worth USD 50 million had demonbstrated that "Turkey actually supports
economic reforms in the country."
In addition, the Head of Ukrainian
Government thanked the Government of Turkey for the provided humanitarian
assistance to Ukraine.