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
"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
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
"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
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."