President Erdoğan visits Ukraine
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and First Lady Olena Zelenskaya meet President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with his wife Emine Erdoğan at the Mariinsky Palace. President Erdoğan is on an official visit to Kyiv.Earlier, Prime Minister Denis Shmygal said that Ukraine and Turkey will sign 12 intergovernmental agreements on February 3, which will bring cooperation between the two countries to a new level in both economics and high technology.The meeting and its outcome are also closely watched by western media. Presidency’s Director of Communications Professor Fahrettin Altun has spoken to Bloomberg and stated that the military cooperation between Ankara and Kyiv does not target Russia. Altun states that this cooperation will not be stopped to please Russia. Altun reminded that Turkey’s decision to purchase the S-400 air-defence missile system from Russia in 2017 resulted in CAATSA sanctions. However, Turkey did not take a step back. Altun notes that this will also apply to agreements signed with Ukraine.“We do not sign cooperation agreements to target another country. Russia is among the first states to know this. The agreements we have made and will sign with Ukraine are not directly related to the current crisis.”Making a press statement before President Erdoğan’s visit, Ukraine’s Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov announced that they plan to sign an agreement with Turkey to establish a UAV production facility and a UAV pilot training centre.