On the 3rd of February 1992, Ukraine and the Turkish
Republic officially established bilateral diplomatic relations.
A quarter of century has passed since that day. During this
period, our countries brought their bilateral relations to the level of a very
productive and reciprocally advantageous cooperation officially named a
strategic partnership. Proximity of the Ukrainian and Turkish national
interests is based on the similarity of the two nations’ approaches to the most
actual issues of the multilateral agenda and bilateral relations. We are
working hard to continue developing our exceptionally active political
dialogue, economic and cultural cooperation as well as interpersonal contacts
among Ukrainian and Turkish citizens.
Ukrainian-Turkish political dialogue is built up on the
principles of strategic partnership, which are mutual trust, fairness, equality
and non-interference in the domestic issues of each other. Our countries are
doing whatever they can in order to help the Crimean Tatars – good Ukrainian
citizens and Turkish kinsmen who are now going through very hard trials in
Ukraine’s Crimea temporarily occupied by Putin’s regime.
In the sphere of economy, Ukrainian and Turkish sides are
paying special attention to the comprehensive development of bilateral trade,
which is expected to receive a powerful boost after the two countries sign a
free trade agreement that is being negotiated. The Turkish Republic has
transport and industrial infrastructures of a very high quality as well as
great investment potential and experience in realizing infrastructural projects
worldwide. Ukraine also has high-tech technologies, know-how and industrial
facilities. That allows us to work effectively over a number of joint projects
in the spheres of transportation, aviation, space technologies, production of
energy and military equipment.
We gave a considerable impulse to the development of
Ukrainian-Turkish contacts at interpersonal level in 2012 when the two
countries agreed to introduce a visa free regime for their respective citizens
travelling to the other country. Moreover, in October 2016 the Ukrainian
International Airlines opened direct flights between capitals of the two
countries. We have also been developing an outstandingly active cooperation in
the spheres of mass media and culture.
The abovementioned and a lot of other facts demonstrate that
our bilateral relations have always been based on the brotherly attitudes of
the Ukrainian and Turkish nations to each other and by mutual help and support.
We have no doubts that this traditionally positive atmosphere of our
relationship will prevail forever.