Turkey is our key partner in this region
February 3rd will mark the 25 anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Turkey. “We have achieved a level of real strategic partnership. […] Turkey is our key partner in this region. Turkey consistently stands for territorial integrity of our country and takes a very important stand on Crimea. Moreover, this partnership is backed up by real actions,” stated Andrii Sybiha, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine in Turkey .
Turkish investments in Ukraine increased by USD 60 million over 2016, the total amount is now USD 260 million. Most of these are investments into industry (30 per cent) and communications, as well as wholesale and retail trade. Ukrainian investors in Turkey invest mostly into industry and services. According to Andrii Sybiha, there are up to 600 enterprises with Ukrainian capital.
Тrade between Ukraine and Turkey has reached almost USD 4 billion in 2016. However, in recent years it has been decreasing by 20-25 per cent yearly. “Our main objective is to stop this tendency and to restart growth,” said the Ambassador.
Negotiations on Free Trade Agreement are still going on. “As of today, we need to agree on nearly 1800 of 22 thousand positions of the Agreement,” said Andrii Sybiha.
Last year marked a record increase in tourist flow: over 1 million Ukrainian tourists travelled to Turkey in 2016. “This is 50 per cent more than in previous years. The number of Turkish citizens who visited Ukraine has grown by 30 per cent,” noted Mr. Sybiha. He mentioned that Ukrainian and Turkish citizens enjoy visa-free regime. In addition, now they can stay in the host country up to 90 days.
Transport connection has improved over the last year. A regular Kyiv-Ankara flight has been launched. Moreover, Turkey and Ukraine signed an agreement on combined ferry connection. Every week there are 186 flights between Turkey and Ukraine.