Turkey's support valuable for Ukraine, says new envoy

16:30, 17 December 2016
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The newly appointed Ukranian ambassador to Turkey said on Thursday that Ukraine gives importance to the support of an "effective world actor" such as Turkey, Daily Sabah wrote.

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"We give great value and importance to the support of an effective world actor like Turkey," Andrii Sybiha said in his interview with Anadolu Agency (AA), according to Daily Sabah.

He said the main goal was to implement a project that will bring two "friendly" countries closer.

"Our slogan would be ‘implementation of practical projects.' It is time to move from big words to concrete efforts," Sybiha added.

On Crimea issue, Sybiha said: "I am sure the occupation of Crimea will end with the support of the international community and Turkey."

"Crimea will be returned to Ukraine and peace will be ensured in Ukraine."

Along with many UN countries, the U.S. and the EU, Turkey also does not Crimea as Russian territory.

Concerning economic relations between Ukraine and Turkey, Sybiha said there was a 20% fall in trade volume in the past two years.

Read alsoUkraine, Turkey sign off 1st deal on production of radar stationsHe added the trade volume was around $4 billion and it was "highly important" to sign a free trade agreement with Turkey.

"We are actively negotiating with our Turkish friends, we are in consultation. We need to fulfill the negotiations until the end of this year and reach an agreement," said Sybiha.

He said he also expected the number of Ukrainian tourists coming to Turkey to reach about 1 million by the end of 2016.

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