Foreign relations – Turkey and Ukraine

January 27, 2011

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.

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