Ukraine and Turkey have signed a number of defense contracts in Kyiv, with Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Tayan saying that the projects are designed to "radically strengthen the combat capabilities of the Ukrainian Navy to increase security in the Black and Azov Sea regions."
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that this is the first time in the country's history that the ministry has concluded direct foreign economic agreements for military goods.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran signed a number of defense contracts with Turkish companies during the visit of a Turkish delegation led by Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) head İsmail Demir.
Taran told members of the Turkish delegation that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the "prompt steps to implement the agreements reached during his recent visit to Turkey.
In response, Demir noted that Turkey and Ukraine have many common areas of cooperation in the defense industry and that "the rapid transition from agreements to practical cooperation gives hope for its significant mutually beneficial result."
In October, Taran and Demir signed a memorandum outlining their intentions to launch and implement joint projects to build warships, unmanned aerial vehicles and all types of turbines.
At the same time, Taran and Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar signed a framework military agreement.