Turkey supports Ukraine in its efforts to make progress on path towards NATO.

Turkey supports Ukraine's aspirations for obtaining candidate status and further permanent NATO membership, consistently supports Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and does not recognize annexation of Crimea by Russia.

This was discussed at a meeting of the Ukrainian delegation led by Head of the Permanent Delegation of the Verkhovna Rada to the PACE Maria Mezentseva with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on June 8.

"We had fruitful negotiations. Our meeting took place on the eve of the NATO summit, so we discussed the prospect of Ukraine's membership in the Alliance in general, and the text of the communiqué, which will be adopted following the upcoming meeting in Brussels in particular," Mezentseva told Ukrainian journalists after the meeting, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

According to the Head of the Permanent Delegation of the Verkhovna Rada to the PACE, the Turkish side expressed support for Ukraine's aspirations for obtaining candidate status and further permanent NATO membership.

During the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey reaffirmed the support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, non-recognition of the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by Russia.

The parties also exchanged friendly gratitude for activity in the PACE.

"We thanked for the support for the Crimean file, which will finally be voted on as a resolution with amendments at the PACE session in June," Mezentseva said.

The parties also discussed cooperation in the defense sphere, aerospace industry, production of polymeric materials, technological sphere, shipbuilding.

Particular attention was paid to the improvement of investment climate, given the large number of Turkish companies that operate successfully in Ukraine, in particular in the field of housing construction, and participate in the Great Construction state program.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Mezentseva informed about Çavuşoğlu’s initiative to hold healthcare programs for children whose parents died or were injured in ATO / JFO area. As part of this initiative, more than a thousand children from Ukraine have already improved their health.

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