Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu assured that Ankara will continue to support Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic integration in all possible ways. This was discussed during his meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba during the Antalya Diplomatic Forum, the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reports.
The heads of diplomatic missions of the two countries discussed preparations for the 10th meeting of the High-Level Strategic Council chaired by Presidents of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as for a joint meeting of foreign and defense ministers in the Quadriga format.
Kuleba expressed gratitude for Turkey's strong support for Ukraine's membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which the Turkish side expressed during the preparation for and during the NATO summit.
The ministers separately discussed the possibilities of enhanced cooperation between the naval forces of Ukraine and Turkey, which will help to implement NATO standards in the Ukrainian Navy, increase their defense capability and compatibility with the alliance member states, and, in general, interaction of states for the sake of security in the Black Sea.
Çavuşoğlu accepted Dmytro Kuleba's invitation to visit Ukraine this autumn to discuss the whole complex of Ukrainian-Turkish strategic relations.
As we reported earlier, Parliament Speaker Dmytro Razumkov said that Ukraine would not be able to join NATO in the coming year.
"Let's be frank - we won't be able to do this (to join NATO - ed.) in a year. We must carry out a number of reforms in order to meet NATO standards in terms of defense capability, and the standards of providing for the Ukrainian army, and many other things," he said.