President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The President praised Turkey's continued support for Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty, as well as its active involvement in the work of a new international mechanism, the Crimea Platform.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the leader of Turkey for his condolences over the death of Ukrainian soldiers in the east of our country.
The President of Ukraine paid special attention to the issue of release of Ukrainian citizens illegally detained by Russia.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan exchanged views on the security situation in the region, as well as on relevant initiatives to enhance security in the Black Sea region.
The Presidents discussed the issues of cooperation in the defense sphere. The parties stated that the strategic partnership is already strengthening the armed forces of the two states. The implementation of a number of important projects in the fields of aircraft construction and Navy development was noted, as well as the available prospects for deepening such cooperation.
The President of Ukraine, in particular, informed Recep Tayyip Erdoğan about the start of serial production of the An-178 transport aircraft.
"I invite Turkey to join the circle of its customers," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The leaders noted the readiness to complete the preparation of the Free Trade Agreement in the near future. Attention was also paid to the state of implementation of the agreements reached on a number of bilateral projects, including the construction of housing for the Crimean Tatar people. The parties discussed issues of cooperation in the energy sector, in particular ways to diversify energy supplies.
The Presidents agreed to hold the 10th meeting of the High-Level Strategic Council in February 2022 in Kyiv. It was stressed that this important event should be preceded by thorough preparations, in particular, holding the second meeting of the Quadriga at the level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense in December this year.