Well dear readers, sometimes……….I can be right!
The last few days have seen considerable progress in relations between Ukraine and one of the regions big players, Turkey.
No, really, I did tell you it was necessary, here’s the link:
So what has happened?
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have signed a joint declaration on the establishment of a high-level strategic council between Ukraine and Turkey.
A total of six documents were signed as a result of Erdogan’s visit to Ukraine, including an agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of Turkey on setting up an international direct freight rail-ferry service, a memorandum of understanding in the energy sector between the Energy and Coal Industry Ministry of Ukraine and the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry of Turkey, and a cooperation program between Ukraine’s state inspectorate for nuclear regulation and Turkey’s state agency for nuclear energy, a correspondent of Interfax-Ukraine reported.
They also signed a program on the implementation of a memorandum of intent on cooperation in technical regulation, standardization, metrology, conformity assessment and consumer protection, as well as an agreement on cooperation between Ukraine’s Ukrinform government news agency and a Turkish news agency.
…….and possibly more importantly…….
Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he hopes that an agreement on a free trade zone will be signed with Ukraine this year.
“I believe that an agreement on a free trade zone will be passed by our parliament and this year all of the needed signatures will be obtained. Of course, we want to do everything simultaneously [with Ukraine],” the Turkish premier said at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in Kyiv on Tuesday.
Sometimes I think you people should be paying more my drivel……because it’s accurate.