Turkey and friends in Kyiv celebrate 95th anniversary of republic
Top: Guests chat at the celebration of the 95th anniversary of the Turkish Republic on Oct. 29, 2018, in Hilton Kyiv. Right: Yonet Can Tezel, Turkish ambassador to Ukraine, and First Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Stepan Kubiv, toast.
Turkey is one of Ukraine’s largest and most powerful neighbors, a country of over 80 million people. Its role in the region is growing: Since 2014, Turkish companies have invested $800 million in the Ukrainian economy. Kyiv and Ankara aim to boost trade between to $10 billion by 2023. Since 2011, they have also been working on a free trade agreement. Beyond the economy, Turkey has proven to be an effective, if at times, difficult political partner for Ukraine, a source of fine cuisine and a top tourist destination for Ukrainians. (Oleg Petrasiuk)