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.
There is mutual interest and space for the development of economic cooperation.
During 2021, the total level of goods exchange between the two countries amounted to 450,180 million USD (381,155 million euros), with exports from the Republic of Serbia amounting to 181,397 million USD (153,531 million euros) and imports from Ukraine amounting to 268,783 million USD (227,624 million euros). 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 fertilizers, passenger car tires, paper and cardboard, tinplate, etc. Imports from Ukraine include iron ore, potassium chloride, ferro manganese, dumpers, metal strips and rods, etc.
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.
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: email@example.com.