Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) and his Ukrainian partner Volodymyr Zelensky pose with signed agreements after their meeting in Istanbul on October 16, 2020.
Turkey and Ukraine signed agreements on deepening military cooperation in Istanbul on Friday to balance Russia’s influence in the Black Sea region. The information was provided by the AP agency.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan participated in the signing of the defense industry agreement and the military framework agreement, authorities said. Details of the deals have yet to be released.
“Turkey views Ukraine as a key player in establishing stability, security, peace and prosperity in the region,” Erdogan said.
Zelensky said the agreements will bring “new opportunities.” “Cooperation in the defense industry is especially important for the development of our strategic partnership, and I am pleased that we have deepened it today,” he added.
They signed the accords when the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict shook Russian-Turkish relations. Turkey has sided with Azerbaijan in this dispute, while Russia has a military base in Armenia and has pledged to intervene in the event of an Allied invasion. Although Turkey and Russia share strong economic ties and common interests in Syria and Libya, they remain geopolitical rivals.
Erdogan reiterated on Friday that Turkey refuses to acknowledge Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula. “Turkey has never recognized and will never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea,” he added.
Zelensky Erdogan received a state medal for providing assistance in the area of territorial integrity of Ukraine.
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