According to Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko, increased contacts between Ukraine and Turkey is an indication of a high level of strategic partnership between the two countries. The Ukrainian President also stressed the huge potential two countries have in defense, economic, humanitarian and social sectors, says a statement on the Ukrainian President’s website.

The two presidents discussed ways of boosting security in the Black Sea region and similar challenges Ukraine and Turkey are facing. The Turkish Prime Minister called Ukraine ‘a strategic ally’, noting the two countries’ close cooperation on the international arena.

Poroshenko thanked Turkey for its firm support of Ukraine and the work it has been doing in trying to work out an international mechanism of de-occupation of Crimea via two-way consultations and the Geneva plus format.

The Ukrainian President also thanked Turkey for extending a USD 50 million loan to Ukraine and providing a mobile field hospital to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Pyotr Poroshenko and Akhmet Davutoglu talked about progress made in preparing the fifth meeting of the Strategic Council due to take place in Ankara this March.