Belarus and Ukraine
Diplomatic relations between Belarus and Ukraine were established on December 27, 1991. Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in Ukraine has been operating since October 1993. More than 200 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.
The Republic of Belarus and Ukraine are important trading partners for each other.
In 2020, trade turnover with Ukraine amounted to $ 4.5 billion. Exports of Belarusian goods to Ukraine amounted to $ 3.1 billion, imports – $ 1.4 billion.
The Intergovernmental Belarusian-Ukrainian Mixed Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation is the main instrument for regulating trade and economic relations between the Republic of Belarus and Ukraine. The 27th Session of the Intergovernmental Commission was held on December 13, 2019 in Kiev.
In 2019, the Second Forum of the Regions of Belarus and Ukraine was successfully held in Zhytomyr. The heads of two states took part in forum.
In 2020, the main events in the trade and economic sphere were the meetings of the Belarusian-Ukrainian High-level Working Group on Mutual Trade, the Working Group on Interregional and Cross-Border Cooperation, the Belarusian-Ukrainian Business Cooperation Advisory Council. The Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus paid a working visit to Ukraine and the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine – Minister for the Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories visited Belarus. The Belarusian delegations of the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food visited Ukraine.
In Ukraine, there is a well-developed commodity distribution network of Belarusian exporters, numbering more than one hundred companies. The flagships of Belarusian economy such as BelAZ, MAZ, MTZ, Belaruskali and Atlant have an extensive dealership network in Ukrainian regions.
Currently eleven joint assembly plants (tractors, combine harvesters, elevator equipment, trolleybuses, MAZ equipment, etc.) are operating in Ukraine.
In June 2020, a significant cultural event “With Ukraine in the Heart!” was held as part of the 29th International Festival of Arts “Slavic Bazaar in Vitebsk”.
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