Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, Feb. 15 in efforts to bolster the regional anti-Russian bloc. On the sidelines of that visit procurement and defense technology officials from Turkey and Ukraine met and agreed to boost their defense industry cooperation.
Turkish and Ukrainian officials agreed to set up different working groups that would work on weapons systems production as well as on "advanced technology cooperation."
One senior Turkish procurement official called the move "strategic."
Turkey's top procurement official, Ismail Demir, said that defense industry cooperation with Ukraine was of great importance and would progress even further.
"There will be partnerships in designing, developing and manufacturing those systems," he said.
Burak Ege Bekdil is a Turkey correspondent for Defense News. He has written for Hurriyet Daily News, and worked as Ankara bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires and CNBC-e television. He is also a fellow at the Middle East Forum and regularly writes for the Middle East Quarterly and Gatestone Institute.