KYIV, BM, ($1=27.35 Ukrainian Hryvnia) – Ukraine and Turkey continue to have good political and military relations, building a partnership of trust and understanding. Proof of this is a statement by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, who said that “Turkish friends” are actively involved in modernizing and renewing the Ukrainian navy.
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According to him, Ankara is already building the first corps of a new Ukrainian corvette, which will be completed in Ukraine and is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. This means that at the earliest in 2024 if the corvette passes all Ukrainian tests, it will be able to enter service in Ukraine.
“Our Turkish friends are also actively supporting the development of the Ukrainian navy. The first corps of our modern corvette has already been laid in Turkey and will be completed in Ukraine by the end of 2023,” Zelensky told a speech to the Ukrainian Navy during his visit to the Odessa region.
Zelenski confirmed to reporters that there are currently Ukrainian troops posted to Turkey who is already completing their training in piloting and operating Turkish Bayraktar TB-2 drones. According to Zelensky, Ukraine will receive more Turkish drones intended mainly for the Ukrainian fleet.
As we wrote last week, Ukraine turned out to be Turkey’s savior in a situation where Ankara risked losing money from pre-concluded deals for the sale of Turkish Atak-2 helicopters. Originally, they were intended to be powered by engines licensed by the United States. But Washington has no plans to issue an export license to Turkey over the purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems and economic sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump.
Turkey then found a partner in the face of Ukraine’s Motor Sich helicopter and aircraft plant by ordering the first 14 engines. In this way, Ankara has found a way out of the situation and good co-operation in this line of relations is likely to continue between the two countries.
We remind you that Ukraine has repeatedly offered Ankara Turkey to become a co-owner of the Motor Sich plant by buying 51 percent of it. Currently, 40 percent is owned by Chinese investors.
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