Turkish city of Karabük hosted a conference from 3 to 4 November devoted to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Turkey. The conference was organized by the Ukrainian Embassy in Turkey, the Center for Eurasian Studies (AVIM) and the Karabük University.

The information on the event was reported on the official web page of the Ukrainian Embassy in Turkey. 

The opening ceremony of the symposium was attended by Andrii Sybiha, the Ambassador of Ukraine in Turkey, Alev Kiliç, the Director of AVIM, Refik Polat, the president of the Karabük University, and the president of the Carpathian University Ihor Tsependa.

In his opening remarks the president of the University of Karabük stressed that this symposium is an excellent example of the ongoing strong relations between the two states and also expressed the hope for the establishment of close cooperation between higher educational institutions of Ukraine and Turkey.

Andrii Sybiha in turn emphasized that relations between Ukraine and Turkey have an even deeper historical past than just 25 years of diplomatic relations.

“Now we can talk about a new level and pace of development of our strategic cooperation. We have also achieved significant success in the economy. This year, for the first time, our bilateral trade grew by 16%. At the same time, Turkey is among the five biggest trade partners of Ukraine,” Sybiha noted.

The Ukrainian ambassador also informed all participants and guests of the symposium on Russian aggression in Ukraine and reminded that official Kyiv appreciates Turkey's principled position in support of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

For two days, the symposium participants discussed a rather wide range of issues, beginning with the historical context of Turkish-Ukrainian relations, the role of the Crimean Tatar people in its development, and ending with their present position and future prospects.

The symposium was also an excellent occasion for establishing cooperation between the Carpathian and of Karabük Universities.

Earlier, according to the results of negotiations between Andrii Sybiha, Ukrainian Ambassador and the Director of the Karabük University, an agreement was reached to initiate teaching of the Ukrainian language in a Turkish university starting the next year.