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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg. Photo: abcnyheter.no.President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg. Photo: abcnyheter.no

Diplomatic relations

Norway and Ukraine established diplomatic relations in 1992, shortly after Ukraine regained its independence. In 1992 the Norwegian Embassy in Kyiv was established.

Ukraine is a large country centrally placed in Europe. After the Revolution of Dignity (Euromaidan) in 2013-2014 political relations between Norway and Ukraine have evolved significantly. They are now more in line with the actual and potential importance of Ukraine for Europe's development. Project cooperation in the fields of energy, justice reforms, Eurointegration, nuclear safety, humanitarian assistance and higher education are an integral part of bilateral political relations.  Likewise, expanding political relations have given an impetus to the further development of economic cooperation. Here, the potential for future growth is quite large.

Links to both countries Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.mfa.no and www.mfa.gov.ua

 Norway and Ukraine cooperate well within international organisations. Norway regards Ukraine's cooperation with the United Nations system, NATO, OSCE, Council of Europe, the International Monetary Fund and international development banks as very important for the reform and modernisation of Ukraine.

 Norway supports a fuller integration of Ukraine in pan-European and Transatlantic cooperation and regards Ukraine's relations with the European Union and NATO as particularly important in this respect. As part of the economic integration and development process Norway as EFTA member in 2010 signed a free trade agreement with Ukraine. This agreement came into force in June 2012.