Turkey, Ukraine to start implement agreement on military-financial cooperation soon
Turkey’s National Defence Minister Hulusi Akar met with his Ukrainian counterpart Andriy Taran during his official visit to Kyiv on July 10.
During the meeting, the two defence ministers discussed bilateral relations and regional developments, Akar said at a joint press conference.
“We supported and will support the territorial integrity of Ukraine and peaceful methods regarding the issue,” Akar said.
Underlining the deep-rooted bilateral relations between the countries, Akar said they took important steps, especially cooperation in defence and security.
For his part, Taran thanked Turkey for its support and efforts in protecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
Stressing that they discussed the priorities of bilateral defence cooperation, Taran said the cooperation is important for the development of the Ukrainian economy.
“In the near future, we will begin practical implementation of the agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Turkey on military and financial cooperation. This agreement has a real financial dimension and will facilitate the planned transformations,” Taran said.
Russia and Ukraine have been at loggerheads since Russia annexed Crimea after a controversial referendum.
The US and Turkey, as well as the UN General Assembly, viewed the move as illegal.