16 Oct 2020 21:50

Kyiv, Ankara sign documents on cooperation in military sector

KYIV. Oct 16 (Interfax) - A number of documents on military and defense cooperation between Ukraine and Turkey were signed following a meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul.

In particular, a declaration of intent between the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and Turkey's Directorate of Defense Industry is among the signed documents.

A framework military agreement between the Ukrainian government and the government of the Republic of Turkey was also signed.

" The memorandum enshrines the desire of Ukraine and Turkey to develop their defense-industrial programs and strengthen defense capabilities, as well as to establish mutually beneficial long-term cooperation based on mutual respect and consideration of each other's interests. The document outlines the intentions of the parties to launch and implement joint projects for the construction of warships, UAVs and all types of turbine engines," the Ukrainian presidential press service said later on Friday.

"The [framework] agreement is concluded in order to create a legal basis for the expansion and deepening of existing Ukrainian-Turkish cooperation in the field of defense, as well as defines the procedure for such cooperation. The document, in particular, defines the areas of cooperation, principles of cooperation, security regime of classified information, the procedure for exchanging intelligence information, legal regulation of the activity of specialists seconded by each party, compensation for possible damages, dispute resolution, etc.," the press service said.

"Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine Ihor Petrashko and Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Turkey Hulusi Akar signed the Protocol of the Twelfth Meeting of the Ukrainian-Turkish Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation. The protocol enshrines the agreements, plans and objectives reached by government experts in the areas of trade, investment, energy, transport and infrastructure, as well as in the field of customs policy," it also said.