Turkey and friends in Kyiv cel­e­brate 95th an­niver­sary of repub­lic

Kyiv Post - - National -

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)

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