Diplomatic relations between Belarus and Ukraine were established December 27, 1991. Embassy of our country in Ukraine has been operating since October 1993. More than 210 bilateral treaties and other international legal instruments have been signed between the Republic of Belarus and Ukraine.
The basic documents regulating bilateral political and economic cooperation are the Treaty on Friendship, Good Neighborliness and Cooperation, and the Free Trade Agreement.
In 2017, three high-level meetings were held, which shows the practical interest of the two countries in strengthening mutually beneficial relations between the Republic of Belarus and Ukraine.
July 19, 2017 in Kiev took place the Twenty-Fifth session of the Intergovernmental Belarusian-Ukrainian mixed commission for trade and economic cooperation under the leadership of co-chairs — the Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko and Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine – Minister for Regional Development, Construction and Housing — Gennady Zubko.
In 2016 trade turnover with Ukraine amounted to 3.83 billion dollars, export exceeded 2,8 billion dollars.
In January-October of 2017 the trade turnover amounted to 3.77 billion dollars, including Belarus’ export — 2.8 billion dollars.
On the instructions of the two presidents, the Belarusian side has developed a Roadmap for the achievement in 2019 of trade turnover with Ukraine in the amount of at least 8 billion dollars.
Joint cultural projects are actively implemented. In June, Days of Culture of the Republic of Belarus in the Mykolayiv region were held, and in September — Days of Ukrainian Culture in Minsk. In October, as part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of printing in the Vernadsky National Library, the Head of the National Library of Belarus presented the full facsimile edition of the book heritage of F.Skorina. Similar events took place in Lviv and Kiev.
In Ukraine, there is a well-developed commodity distribution network of Belarusian exporters, consisting of more than one hundred companies. Such flagships of the Belarusian economy as BelAZ, MTZ and Atlant can boast an extensive network of dealerships in the regions
In 2017, three companies were opened with the participation of the Belarusian side. In Lutsk, an enterprise was set up to assemble Belarusian trolley buses Belkommunmash. At present, eight joint assembly plants (tractors, combine harvesters, elevator equipment, trolley buses, MAZ equipment, etc.) operate in Ukraine.