Ukrainian en­voy cel­e­brates friendly ties with Turkey

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

UKRAINE Am­bas­sador to Ankara An­drii Sy­biha hosted a re­cep­tion for the 26th An­niver­sary of the In­de­pen­dence of Ukraine on Sept. 14, with the at­ten­dance of De­fense Min­is­ter Nuret­tin Canikli, am­bas­sadors, diplo­mats and mem­bers of the press.

Speak­ing at the re­cep­tion, Canikli con­grat­u­lated the na­tion on Ukraine’s In­de­pen­dence Day. “As I had the chance to at­tend the cer­e­monies in Ukraine in the frame­work of a cel­e­bra­tion of in­de­pen­dence, I wit­nessed the Ukraine na­tion’s love of in­de­pen­dence and their res­o­lu­tion to main­tain it,” the min­is­ter said.

Canikli un­der­lined that friendly re­la­tions be­tween Ukraine and Turkey dates back cen­turies. “There has been a pro­found re­la­tion. Dur­ing the Cold War pe­riod, there was an ar­ti­fi­cial di­vi­sion be­tween some com­mu­ni­ties; how­ever, in the af­ter­math of the Cold War, all of these hur­dles were dis­placed. The na­tions of Turkey and Ukraine have loved each other. The in­creas­ing num­ber of Ukraini­ans vis­it­ing Turkey has been the best re­flec­tion of this,” he added.

Touch­ing upon the sit­u­a­tion of Crimean Tatars, which is a com­mon is­sue for both coun­tries, Canikli stated that Turkey would con­tinue to sup­port the strug­gle of Crimean Turks.

Am­bas­sador Sy­biha stated that they have been un­der­go­ing dif­fi­cult times as a coun­try. He added that since the war started with Rus­sia, Ukraine has lost nearly 7 per­cent of its lands and 20 per­cent of its industrial ca­pac­ity.

Sy­biha also said that he cel­e­brates the 25th an­niver­sary of diplo­matic re­la­tions with Turkey along with Ukraine’s na­tional day. “We are 120 mil­lion to­gether, and this makes us strong,” the am­bas­sador added. Sy­biha said that Turkey is key ally in the Black Sea re­gion and a nat­u­ral strate­gic part­ner.

Un­der­lin­ing that re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries has been rapidly de­vel­op­ing in fields, specif­i­cally in eco­nomics and trade, Sy­biha stressed that they aim to in­crease the trade vol­ume with Turkey to $20 bil­lion.

Fol­low­ing the speeches, Canikli and Sy­biha watched the tra­di­tional shows.

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