Zelensky, Erdogan sign joint statement on priorities for development of bilateral partnership

Zelensky, Erdogan sign joint statement on priorities for development of bilateral partnership
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have signed a joint statement following the eighth meeting of the Ukraine-Turkey High-Level Strategic Council, according to the press service of the Office of the President of Ukraine, APA reports citing Ukrinform. 

The document reaffirms the unwavering support by Turkey for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and outlines priorities in all spheres of development of the Ukrainian-Turkish strategic partnership (in particular, political, security, military, trade, economic and defense sectors), the implementation of which will enhance the pragmatic component of strategic partnership between the two countries.

A number of intergovernmental documents were also signed in the presence of the presidents of Ukraine and Turkey.

"An important agreement on military-financial cooperation has been adopted today, under which the Ukrainian military will receive financial assistance from the Turkish partners. We are truly grateful for that," Zelensky said at a briefing with Erdogan in Kyiv on February 3.

In the presence of the presidents of Ukraine and Turkey, the defense ministers of the two countries signed an agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Turkey on military-financial cooperation, as well as a protocol between the Governments of Ukraine and Turkey on the implementation of financial assistance.

The documents provide for the allocation of 200 million Turkish liras (about $36 million) for the purchase of Turkish military and dual-use items for the needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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