KYIV. Jan 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov as part of his working visit to Turkey met Turkish Undersecretary for Defense Industry İsmail Demir and discussed the intensification of military and technical cooperation.
The press service of NSDC reported last week that the negotiations were held in Ankara. The parties agreed that uniting the resources the countries could achieve more things together than if they work separately.
Demir said that Turkey highly appreciates Ukrainian designs in rocket production, aircraft engineering and tank construction.
“This list could be named by a few, while Turkish defense industry has significant exploratory studies and solutions, the combination of which with Ukrainian ones could give a completely new quality,” he said.
The sides discussed the possibility of creating joint ventures, as well as of the Ukrainian-Turkish research center for the study and analysis of the use of advanced military and technological developments in the conditions of modern military conflicts.
“During the negotiations, it was agreed to establish a joint working group to coordinate the work on joint projects, which will consist of the representatives of defense industries,” the council said.
According to Turchynov, Ukraine and Turkey are at the forefront of the threats the civilized world faces.
“Geopolitical challenges our countries face is the unifying factor for us and leaves no alternatives to our victory”, – he said.
Moreover, the Ukrainian NSDC secretary held meetings with the heads of leading defense industry enterprises of Turkey, during which the questions of implementation of joint projects were discussed, and visited defense enterprises Aselsan and Roketsan.