Kiev, Ukraine – Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran said that Turkish UCAVs are the most modern in the world, saying that everyone has seen this in Syria, Libya and most recently in Nagorno-Karabakh. ‘Turkey is a key NATO member country and can help Ukraine in this regard,’ Taran said. Therefore, we are open to increasing cooperation in all areas.’
Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran made statements to Turkish media about cooperation in the field of defense before the Quadriga format meeting, which will be held together by the foreign and defense ministers today at the Ukrainian Defense Ministry in Kiev.
Taran said: “there is no need to convince anyone that Turkish UCAV is the most effective modern weapon. Everyone has seen this in Syria, Libya and most recently in the conflicts in Nagorno-Karabakh “.
“UCAVs are cost-effective,” said Taran, who said that they decided to add Turkish UCAVs to their inventory in accordance with the instructions of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskiy to modernize the army. I and our head of state personally witnessed the high effectiveness of the Turkish UCAVs we bought at the exercises. In addition to purchasing, we want to produce and transfer technology together in Ukraine. Ukraine can share its own technologies with Turkish companies, this is a project for the common benefit of everyone.” he made his assessments.
Taran reminded that relations between the two countries have developed not only in the field of military industry, but also in many areas, and said that cooperation and common understanding in the field of defense between Ukraine and Turkey have a long history, especially in the Black Sea and Azov region.
Taran stressed that many ethnic Turks also live in Ukraine, noting that they are grateful to Turkey for its support, saying that Crimea belongs to Ukraine.
“We met with him in Kiev, we met in Istanbul during President Zelenskiy’s visit, and we will continue our dialogue,” Taran said, noting that he has good relations with Defense Minister Hulusi Akar. At today’s meeting, we will discuss military-political and military-technical issues and how we can improve security in the Black Sea.” said.
Defense Minister Taran said that they see Russia’s aggressive policy as the biggest threat in the Black Sea, saying: “according to our information, Russia is preparing to build a nuclear weapons depot in Crimea, which is a threat to Europe and the civilized world. We also see Russia’s efforts to dominate the Black Sea as a major threat to the economy of Europe, Ukraine and Turkey., “he said.
“Turkey is a key NATO member country and can help Ukraine in this regard. Therefore, we are open to increasing cooperation in all areas.” said.
Taran said that military leaders will discuss foreign policy and security policy with diplomatic leaders at the Quadriga meeting today, which means that they see the two issues as one.
Turkey to produce combat UAVs, corvettes for Ukraine
Ukraine and Turkey have signed an agreement on the production of combat drones and corvettes for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said.
The Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran signed agreements with Turkish companies on the transfer of technologies, as well as the production of corvettes and combat UAVs for the Ukrainian armed forces.
The document was signed in Ukraine during the visit of a delegation headed by the President of the Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) Ismail Demir.
Earlier, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan concluded a framework military agreement. The document was signed by Turkey’s National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and the Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran. The contract will expand bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the military sector.