Ukraine and Turkey to Strengthen Cooperation in Black Sea Region

The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, stated that Ukraine and Turkey have a unique opportunity to pool political, diplomatic, military, technical and economic resources for an effective and coordinated response to the destruction of the balance of forces in the Black Sea region.

On January 21st, Turchynov met with the Secretary General of the National Security Council of Turkey, Seyfullah Hacimuftuoglu. “The development of bilateral relations and cooperation between our states should take on new significance,” Turchynov said. He added that the deepening of cooperation in military technology is a key task in the development of a Ukrainian-Turkish strategic partnership.

Hacimuftuoglu stated that Turkey and Ukraine should play the leading role in the creation of an efficient system of regional security. “The combination of the potentials of our countries, which in turn can provide very efficient synergy, is very important for us,” the Secretary General said.

The press service of the National Security and Defense Council reported that the participants of the meeting have discussed the issues of cooperation between Turkey and Ukraine in security and defense sectors, taking into consideration those challenges that lie ahead of Ankara and Kiev.

There was also talk about coordination of the work of law enforcement agencies and a consolidation of efforts in the fight against international terrorism, organized crime and illegal migration.

  Oleksandr Turchynov, Seyfullah Hacımüftüoğlu, Turkey, Ukraine