Turkey will provide the Ukrainian army with assistance funding in the framework of the deal recently signed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zekensly in Kiev.
The agreed Turkish donation to the Ukrainian military will be around $33 million. Kiev will be able to use this amount to buy military and dual-use goods from Turkey. Currently, Kiev and Ankara employ around 50 joint projects in the sphere of the military and technical cooperation.
The two countries also agreed to complete negotiations on free trade agreement (FTA) by the end of this year. The sides also discussed the issues of ‘diversifying energy supplies’.
“We’ve have discussed the possibility of transporting Caspian gas by the TANAP pipeline through the relevant connectors to Ukraine,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
The Turkish posture, especially military assistance to Ukraine, caused a negative reaction within the Russian society, which considered Erdogan’s move as a direct attack on Russian interests.
These developments come amid the ongoing escalation in the Syrian province of Idlib. Ankara continues supporting actions of radical militant groups (including those linked with al-Qaeda) that operate in the area. These groups are excluded from the de-escalation deal, but Turkey insists that the Syrian Army violates the ceasefire and threatens Turkish interests by attacking the terrorists.
On February 5, Erdogan even threatened Syria with a declaration of war if the Syrian Army does not withdraw from the areas liberated from al-Qaeda.