“Ukraine turns to Turkey as Russia threatens full-scale war,

” reported Al Jazeera. Noting that it was President Zelenskiy’s second visit in six months to Turkey, the report said: “Ankara views Ukraine as a crucial buffer against Russia and has been a strong advocate for its acceptance into the NATO alliance.” Highlighting the wide spectrum of defense industry cooperation, the articles noted: “Turkey is working with Ukrainian companies to develop diesel engines for its fifth-generation fighter jet and main battle tank.”

Defense industry cooperation was discussed on Saturday during a parallel meeting between the Turkish Defence Minister, Hulusi Akar, and his Ukrainian counterpart, Andriy Taran

. At the time of Zelenskiy’s last visit to Turkey last October, Vadim Nozdriya, the General Manager of Ukrspetseksport, announced that Ukraine would like to purchase 48 Bayraktar TB2 combat drones.  The drones would be jointly produced by Ukraine and Turkey. In 2019, Ukraine bought six Bayraktar TB2 drones, three ground control stations and 200 high-precision missiles from Turkey in a $69 million deal.

In a $1 billion deal, the largest for Turkey’s defense industry, Ukraine will purchase four Ada class ‘stealth’ corvettes for patrolling the Black Sea

. The first ship is to be built in Turkey and the next three at Mykolaiv’s Okean shipyard, reported the shipyard. The deal was signed last December by Ukrainian Defense Minister Taran and Turkey’s top defense procurement official, Ismail Demir.