On September 12-14, 2012 the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan paid an official visit to Ukraine. During the visit the parties held negotiations between the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and the Head of the Turkish Government, second meeting of the Strategic High Level Council between Ukraine and Turkey, as well as a meeting between the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. As the result of the meeting of the Strategic High Level Council, the parties signed the Joint Statement of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and the Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and a number of other bilateral documents on cooperation.
During his visit to Ukraine Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also participated, as the distinguished guest, in the annual Conference "Yalta European Strategy".
In the course of these events the parties discussed in detail the current state and prospects of the Ukrainian-Turkish cooperation in trade, energy, transport, scientific, cultural, humanitarian and other spheres of bilateral relations and agreed on future priorities.
The parties noted the high dynamics of the political dialogue between official Kyiv and Ankara, confirmed mutual willingness to further deepen the strategic partnership between Ukraine and the Republic of Turkey, which should be based on specific long-term projects in key areas of bilateral cooperation.
During these meetings, the parties positively assessed the effect of introducing since August 1, 2012 visa-free short-term travels for citizens of both countries and agreed to hold active negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and Turkey.
In the framework of his visit to Ukraine the Head of the Turkish Government Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited the Crimea where he met with the Chairman of the Crimean Cabinet of Ministers Anatoliy Mohylov. During the meeting the parties discussed possibilities of further intensification of interregional cooperation.