"The expansion of the Ukrainian-Turkish strategic partnership is an important part of overall efforts to promote peace, stability and sustainable social and economic development in the Black Sea region," President Viktor Yanukovych said at the second meeting of the Ukrainian-Turkish Strategic Council of high-level, held in Kyiv, ForUm learned from the President’s press service.
Yanukovych also noted the significant attention that Ukraine and Turkey pay to talks on a free trade area. "We have discussed this matter in detail with the Prime Minister Erdogan, and we believe that the signing of the Agreement should be held with the highest regard to economic interests of both countries," he said.
According to Yanukovych, another important task is successful implementation of the Agreement on direct rail-ferry communication between the ports of Ukraine and Turkey. "I am confident that this Agreement, strengthened by the relevant regulatory documents, will be the basis for future large-scale joint projects," he said.
"We also look forward to concrete proposals for cooperation in the military-industrial complex," he added.
The President called an important step in the development of bilateral relations introduction in August a short-term visa-free travels for citizens of Ukraine and Turkey. "The citizens of our countries have already seen efficiency of this step," he said.
Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, in turn, said: "We created the Strategic Council to strengthen our relationship with specific projects. I believe that we will be able to further developing our country due the Council meetings," he said.
Among the first results of the Strategic Council, Erdogan called the entry into force of the Agreement on the facilitation of border crossing by citizens of the two countries, the positive changes in the free trade area negotiation. "This is an example of results of our work," he stressed.
Turkish Prime Minister expressed hope that the FTA agreement will be signed before the end of the year. He expected the trade turnover to reach 20 billion dollars by 2015. "I believe that signing FTA agreement will give impetus to the process," Erdogan summed.
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