Official name
UKRAINE
Form of government
Republic
Capital
Kiev
Head of State
Volodymyr Zelensky
Prime Minister
Denys Shmyhal
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Dmytro Kuleba
Date of establishment of bilateral relations
15 April 1994

 

Political relations

Bilateral relations between the Republic of Serbia and Ukraine are traditionally good and friendly.

The former President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, paid an official visit to Belgrade on 2–3 July 2018, when a meeting was held with the President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić. On that occasion, the then Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Ivica Dačić, and the then Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, met.

Mutual ties between the two countries extend through different historical periods. During the mass migrations (in 1752), land on the right bank of the Dnieper in the area named New Serbia and the Luhansk Oblast named Slaveno-Serbia was ceded to the Serbs by a decree of Russian Empress Elizabeth. Also, starting from 1890, the Ukrainians from Galicia, Transcarpathia and Northern Bukovina immigrated to the territory of today's Republic of Serbia. After the failure of the First Serbian Uprising, Karađorđe found refuge with the leaders of the uprising in the Ukrainian city of Khotyn. During the First World War, the Black Sea Port of Odessa was the centre of gatherings of volunteers who went to the Salonica front as part of Serbian divisions.

 

Economic relations

There is mutual interest and space for the development of economic cooperation.

In 2020, total foreign trade amounted to 291,499 million dollars (256,974 million euros), with exports amounting to 124,795 million dollars (109,472 million euros) and imports to 166,704 million dollars (147,502 million euros). In 2019, trade amounted to 506,562 million dollars, of which domestic exports were 146,650, and imports 359,912 million dollars.

The Republic of Serbia exports to Ukraine floor coverings, mineral fertilisers, passenger car tires, paper and cardboard, tinplate, etc. Imports from Ukraine include iron ore, potassium chloride, ferro manganese, dumpers, metal strips and rods, etc.

 

Bilateral agreements

So far, a total of 42 international legal acts were signed between the Republic of Serbia and Ukraine. The most important are as follows:

Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation,

Cooperation Agreement in the Field of Railway Transport,

Cooperation Agreement in the Field of Agriculture, and

Visa Waiver Agreement for their citizens.

The plan is to sign several interstate agreements in the following period.

 

Contact information

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Kiev (Ukraine): http://www.kiev.mfa.gov.rs/.

The Embassy of Ukraine in Belgrade (Serbia): https://serbia.mfa.gov.ua/.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia – Department for Russia and Eurasia:

tel. 00 381 (0) 11 30 68 349, e-mail: orev@mfa.rs.