President Erdoğan meets Ukrainian counterpart Zelensky

President Erdoğan meets Ukrainian counterpart Zelensky

ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
President Erdoğan meets Ukrainian counterpart Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the Turkish capital on Oct. 16 to discuss matters ranging from defense and trade cooperation to bilateral, regional, and international issues, including the Karabakh crisis.

The joint production of the AN-178 aircraft by Ukrainian manufacturer Antonov and Turkish aviation firms was also on the agenda.

Erdoğan previously met Zelensky in Ukraine’s capital Kiev in February.

Under an agreement signed during the visit, Turkey pledged to provide 205 million liras ($25.8 million) to help Ukraine meet its military needs.

The two countries also agreed to increase bilateral trade to $10 billion and $20 billion, significantly higher than the $5 billion recorded in 2019.

The leaders also called for negotiations on a free trade agreement that have been ongoing since 2012 to be concluded this year.

Last year, Ukraine also purchased six Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and three ground control station systems from Turkey.

A delegation led by Ukraine’s vice prime minister also visited Turkey last August.