There Is No Problem Between Turkey & Ukraine, Yushchenko

ISTANBUL, Turkey -- There are not any problem between Turkey and Ukraine, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said on Wednesday.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko (R) meets Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Making a keynote speech at the working lunch hosted in his honor by Turkish-Ukrainian Business Council in Turkish commercial hub of Istanbul, Yushchenko said, ''two countries have same strategic goals in their relations with the EU (European Union). Also, Turkey's support to Ukraine's EU membership bid is appreciated.''

Yushchenko said that Ukraine was not a neighbor of Europe, but situated in the middle of Europe, and stressed, ''we are genuine Europeans, and I am a European. I believe that both Ukraine and Turkey have contributed to the making of EU values.''

''We want to sign a free trade agreement with Turkey. During our bilateral meetings, we decided to prepare a road map for 2005-2006,'' said Yushchenko.

Yushchenko pointed out that construction and housing development would be a part of this road map, and said, ''we can see how successful Turkey is in the area of housing development.''

Noting that they were also interested in areas such as oil, electricity, gas and energy, Yushchenko said that Ukraine proposed to sell electricity to Turkey via Black Sea.


Touching on problems of Turkish companies in Ukraine, Yushchenko said, ''we will try to solve those problems,'' and called on Turkish businessmen to the Conference to be held in his country between June 16th and 17th.

Source: Turkish Press