The Republic of Singapore recognized Ukraine’s independence on January 2, 1992. Diplomatic relations between two states were established on March 31, 1992.
In November 2020, H.E. Mdm Kateryna Zelenko was appointed the Ambassador of Ukraine to Singapore.
In April 2012, H.E. Mr. Simon Tensing de Cruz was appointed the non-resident Ambassador of Singapore to Ukraine (with residence in Singapore).
Ukraine and Singapore maintain friendly relations, which rest on the shared vision of the international rules-based order and commitment to address global challenges, trade and economic cooperation, successful collaboration on the bilateral level and within the international organizations.
Ukraine is grateful to Singapore for unwavering support of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, which was expressed both within the international organizations and in the public statements of the Singaporean officials. In 2014, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong condemned an “unprovoked invasion of a sovereign country” and called upon observing the international law. In 2014, then-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore K Shanmugam and later his successor Minister Vivian Balakrishnan in 2017 both made statements in support of Ukraine. Singapore supported United Nations General Assembly Resolutions No. A/RES/68/262 “Territorial integrity of Ukraine”, No. A/RES/73/194, A/RES/74/17 and A/RES/75/29 “Problem of the militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov”.
The economic cooperation is a primary sphere of the bilateral relations. Despite the geographical distance, the bilateral trade expanded significantly from 56 million USD in 2015 to over 232 million USD in 2020. According to the Ukrainian statistics, the Ukrainian export to Singapore in 2020 reached 171,4 million USD, import – 60,8 million USD (positive balance – 110,6 million USD). The Singaporean investments in Ukraine are estimated at 279,1 million USD. We are witnessing the growing diversification of the bilateral trade with the Ukrainian food and agriculture products.
Ukraine regards Singapore as the key partner in the South-East Asia and invites the Singaporean companies to explore investment projects in Ukraine’s agriculture, IT, logistics, energy, and other industries.
As of April 2021, there are 16 bilateral agreements and memorandums between Ukraine and Singapore.
Ukraine is becoming more and more known in Singapore owing to a variety of cultural and humanitarian events. The Singaporeans became more acquainted with the history and traditions of Ukraine during the events dedicated to the Ukrainian culture, motion picture industry, cuisine. There are more and more Singaporeans who have discovered the touristic Ukraine!
In 2014, the Ukrainian Club in Singapore was created (officially registered in June 2015). Today, it unites dozens of the Ukrainians leaving in the city-state.