Political relations between Ukraine and the Kingdom of Sweden
In the years 1918-1920 the Ukrainian diplomatic mission headed initially by Borys Bazhenov and then Konstyantyn Losky functioned in Stockholm.
December 19th, 1991 Sweden became the first Nordic country to recognize the independence of Ukraine. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established January 13th, 1992. In September 1992 the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden in Ukraine was opened in Kyiv.
May 31st, 1994 the Diplomatic Mission of Ukraine headed by non-resident Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Finland started to work in Stockholm. February 11th, 1999 the first Ambassador of Ukraine — resident in Stockholm Olexander Slipchenko presented credentials to the King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. From April 2003 till July 2004 Leonid Kozhara was the Ambassador of Ukraine to Sweden, from February 2007 till May 2008 – Dr Anatoliy Ponomarenko, from September 2008 till December 2011 — Yevgen Perebyinis, since January 2012 - Dr.Valerii Stepanov, since May 2015- Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Sweden is Ihor Sagach.
Ukraine considers the Kingdom of Sweden as a reliable partner on Ukraine’s path to the European integration. Ukraine for a long time has been one of Sweden's foreign policy priorities in Eastern Europe. Significant attention is paid to implementation of Eastern Partnership initiated jointly by Sweden and Poland. In the framework of this initiative Sweden has put forward a large-scale project — Partnership for Energy Efficiency and Environment in Eastern Europe/Ukraine (E5P).
In 2016, the bilateral political dialogue on all levels was active and dynamic. There were 9 high-level meetings.
On 14 November 2016 President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko paid the official visit to the Kingdom of Sweden, which is the first visit of the Head of Ukrainian state since the establishment of diplomatic relations.
In 2016, there was an exchange of visits of Ministers of Defence. Defence Minister of Ukraine, Army General Stepan Poltorak paid an official visit to Sweden on 6 October and the Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultquist visited Ukraine on the 19 February 2016.
The inter-parliamentary dialogue continues to develop dynamically. Mr. Urban Ahlin, Speaker of Swedish Riksdag, visits Ukraine annually in a delegation of speakers of parliaments from Baltic and Nordic states. His last visit took place on 2 February 2016.
The numerous high-level contacts in the framework of multilateral international organizations and telephone conversation also took place in 2016.
On 14 May, Minister of Culture of Ukraine Yevhen Nyschuk paid his visit to Sweden.
Dialogue at the Foreign Ministers Level:
The dynamics of contacts between the Heads of Foreign Ministries of Ukraine and Sweden are constant. On 28 November 2016 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden Margot Wallström paid a visit to Ukraine.
The meetings between H.E.Mr. Pavlo Klimkin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and H.E.Ms. Margot Wallström, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden took place during a meeting of “Ukraine - Group of Friends of Ukraine in the EU" in Luxembourg (17 October 2016) and in the framework of the UN GA (21 September 2016).