It became known what Poroshenko and Erdogan agreed on in Ankara


Kiev and Ankara intend to deepen the strategic partnership for security in the Black Sea region.

This was declared by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at a joint press-conference with the head of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Wednesday, March 9, says the press service of the head of the state.

Poroshenko described the signing of the Declaration on Strategic Partnership a key achievement of the fifth meeting of the High-Level Strategic Council between Ukraine and Turkey.

“We discussed the whole range of bilateral issues, and I emphasize that special attention was paid to the issues of security, defense, today’s challenges in the national security of not only Ukraine and Turkey, but international security as a whole, which occur including from Russia’s aggressive policy,” – said the President of Ukraine.

He also noted that the parties consider a strategic partnership not as a slogan, but as a quite concrete thing.

“Joint projects, which reflect the high level of trust between our countries, help to further deepen and expand the mutually beneficial cooperation between Ukraine and Turkey,” – Poroshenko said.

The Ukrainian leader said that the most important illustration of the strategic partnership should be strengthening of coordination, cooperation, and the development of a contractual framework in the field of defense and security.

“Through the whole text of the signed Declaration on Strategic Partnership permeates the deepening of the strategic alliance between Ukraine and Turkey. Such cooperation is particularly relevant under circumstances of Russian aggression, Moscow’s ambitions to impose their scenario in Ukraine and Syria, and peace enforcement on the conditions that can bring anything but peace,” – Poroshenko summarized.

On March 9-10 the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko was on an official visit to Turkey, where he took part in the meeting of the High-level Strategic Council.

Relations of Ukraine and Turkey are growing stronger at the time of a sharp deterioration in Russian-Turkish relations. The relations were totally spoiled after November 24, 2015, when a Turkish fighter shot down a Russian Su-24 aircraft that was bombing the border areas in Syria, and violated Turkish airspace. On the same day Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the incident as “stab in the back” that was made by “allies of terrorism“.