Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was decorated with an honorary doctorate by Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev on Tuesday.
Speaking at the ceremony, Erdogan said that Turkey and Ukraine, two countries in the north and south of Black Sea, were in a strong solidarity, adding that the Black Sea would turn into a sea of peace and tranquility when regional prosperity was restored.
Noting that Turkey and Ukraine signed important agreements for the region in Kiev today, Erdogan said that foreign trade between the two countries was 8.3 billion USD before global financial crisis, and it was five billion USD as of November, 2010.
We decided to increase this figure up to 20 billion USD, said Erdogan.
He said that the relations with Ukraine were not only on economic dimension, adding that a progress would be recorded in cultural areas too.