Turkey in close cooperation with Ukraine, says minister

             By Emre Gurkan Abay</p>    <p>KIEV, Ukraine (AA) - Ankara has been in close cooperation with Ukraine in several areas, Turkey’s agriculture and forestry minister said on Tuesday.</p>    <p>&quot;We are in close cooperation with Ukraine at all levels in areas of trade, investment, tourism and defense industry,&quot; Bekir Pakdemirli said at Ukrainian-Turkish Agriculture Business Forum in the capital Kiev.</p>    <p>Pakdemirli said Turkey wants to enhance bilateral relations with Ukraine in any field, particularly in economy.</p>    <p>The bilateral trade volume between the two countries was $3.5 billion in 2017, he said, adding: &quot;Agricultural trade includes $1.104 billion part of it.&quot;</p>    <p>The minister asserted that the countries should strive more to reach targeted bilateral trade volume of $10 billion. </p>    <p>&quot;It is also important for our cooperation to take part together in the EU market through increasing mutual investments in agriculture,&quot; Pakdemirli said.