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Prime Minister tackles with Minister of Defence of Turkey the prospects of deepening cooperation between the two countries
12.05.2016 | 19:51

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman met with İsmet Yılmaz, Minister of National Defence. The interlocutors discussed future deepening of bilateral collaboration, particularly in military-technical and trade sectors.

"I am glad that lately we have managed to significantly improve our bipartite relations and I believe that we are now laying the foundation for intensifying our cooperation in political, economic, and defense sectors", said Volodymyr Groysman.

According to him, Turkey is among core partners of Ukraine. Together, the two countries possess great potential for developing cooperation in various sectors, inter alia in economy and energy, stressed the Prime Minister. Another promising cooperation line is the defense sphere.

"My message is to deepen our relationship, to expand the trade component, to elaborate issues of signing of an FTA agreement, and we are eager to expand our cooperation in all domains", said the Head of Government.

Minister of National Defence of Turkey Ismet Yilmaz assured in further support for Ukraine by Turkey aimed to promote peace and prosperity in the country. "We consider Ukraine as one of the most important partners in the region," he stressed.

The Minister told that the volume of trade between the two countries had reached US$ 4 billion previous year. However, there is considerable potential to increase trade turnover, he noted and urged to take measures to boost performance.

Moreover, Ismet Yilmaz supported an idea to complete talks between the two countries on free trade area until the end of year, which, according to him, would facilitate the increase of investments from Turkey to Ukraine.

The Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Turkey also commended the potential of the two countries in the development of military-technical cooperation and technologies of the military-industrial complex. "The Black Sea does not divide, but unites our countries, said Ismet Yilmaz, adding that cooperation in this sphere would be useful for both Turkey and Ukraine."


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