Ukraine and Turkey will accelerate talks on introduction of a free trade area between the two countries, Deputy Economy Minister Natalia Mykolska announced on her Facebook page.

The talks took place at an international forum in Kenya. "We discussed a lot of issues, ranging from increase of exports of steel and grain/oilseeds to cooperation in the area of ‘soap operas,’" said Mykolska.

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A meeting of the Ukrainian-Turkish intergovernmental commission is planned for the first quarter of next year. To intensify business dialogue, a "trade mission" with businesses representatives will be held in the capital and regions of Ukraine with the participation of the heads of the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Agrarian Policy.

The two sides also agreed on the possibility refraining from using restrictive measures and to draft at the expert level proposals on increasing the trade turnover between the two countries and investment projects in agriculture, aviation, and IT industries.

The two sides agreed that the next round of meetings would be held in Turkey in early 2016.