Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Sweden

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Political relations between Ukraine and the Kingdom of Sweden

Diplomatic relations

In the years 1918-1920 the Ukrainian diplomatic mission headed initially by Borys Bazhenov and then Konstyantyn Losky functioned in Stockholm.

On 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.

On 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.

Political dialogue

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 recent years, bilateral political dialogue is dynamic at all levels.

In 2018, Minister of Defense of Sweden Peter Hultquist visited Ukraine. During the visit the meeting took place with President of Ukraine P.O.Poroshenko, as well as a number of high-level contacts. Two rounds of political bilateral talks were held between relevant departments of Ministries of Foreign Affairs of both countries.

During 2017 there were two meetings held between President P.Poroshenko and Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden (24.11.2017, 19.09.2017) within the framework of multilateral platforms and 8 meetings of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Sweden (14.12.2017, 7.12.2017, 18.09.2017, 11.09.2017, 8.09.2017, 15.05.2017, 17.02.2017).

On June 15, 2017, Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, paid a working visit to Ukraine.

Ukrainian delegations led by Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze (14-17.03.2017); by V. Chernysh, Minister for the Temporary Occupation Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine (5 May 2017); N. Mykolska, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine - Trade Representative of Ukraine (20-21.03.2017); A.Tarasov, First Deputy of the Commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine (20-24.03.2017); S.Popko, Commander of the Land Forces of Ukraine (20-23.11.2017), visited Sweden.

On October 1-2, 2017, Micael Bydén, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Sweden, visited Ukraine for the first ever time in the history of bilateral relations.

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 practically on the annual basis in a delegation of speakers of parliaments from Baltic and Nordic states. His last visit took place on 2 February 2016.