Aleksandr Lukashenko off to Ukraine on official visit

    President of the Republic of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko left for Ukraine for an official visit on 17 June.

    On 18 June the Belarusian head of state is scheduled to hold one-on-one and extended negotiations with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych. The talks will focus on a wide range of issues on the bilateral agenda. After the talks the heads of state are expected to sign a number of documents.

    Belarus views Ukraine as a key partner, first of all, in trade and economy. Ukraine is the third biggest trade partner and export destination of Belarus. Belarus is the fourth largest trade partner of Ukraine after Russia, China and Germany. Belarus has a stable trade surplus with Ukraine.

    In 2012 the Belarus-Ukraine bilateral trade reached a record high level of $7.9 billion. Belarus’ export totaled $5.6 billion. There are more than 100 Belarusian trade facilities in Ukraine. This number is on the rise.