The Republic of Belarus attaches great importance to the development of interaction with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, considering this country as a potentially important political partner.
Diplomatic relations between Belarus and the UK were established on January 27th, 1992. In July 1993 the Consulate General of the Republic of Belarus was set up in London and in June 1994 it was transformed into the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The first Ambassador of Belarus to the UK was HE Mr. Vladimir Senko. The British Embassy in Minsk has been functioning since 1993.
During the first years of the development of relations between Belarus and the UK quite an intensive political dialogue was established. The Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Belarus (December, 1994) and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus (May, 1995) visited London. Several working visits of the Deputy Prime Ministers to the UK were organised. The exchange of visits of the heads of some ministries has taken place. Contacts at municipal level have been established.
On June 14th, 1996 the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was one of the first in the European Union to ratify the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Belarus and the EU.
At present there are certain divergences in approaches of Belarus and the UK to the global and regional problems that restrain development of the full-scale Belarus-UK political dialogue.
At the same time due to the mutual interest of the countries in the cooperation in a number of essentially important spheres, contacts on interdepartmental level are maintained; inter-regional communications, as well as businesses interaction between two countries are being developed.
On November 18th, 2008 the first Belarus Investment Forum took place in London. On November 16-19th, 2008 within the framework of the Forum a delegation headed by Belarus Prime Minister Sergei Sidorsky visited London.
On February 18th, 2013 the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland HE Mr. Sergei Aleinik presented the copies of his Credentials to the Vice Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, Director of Protocol. According to the UK protocol, after the presentation of the copies of the Credentials Ambassador assumes his functions.
On 8-10 September 2013, HE Alena Kupchyna, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus paid a working visit to the United Kingdom. During the visit Deputy Minister A.Kupchina had meetings with the Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Minister of State for Europe, FCO, Ms Judith Gough, Director, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Directorate, FCO, during which consultations between the two ministries took place. The parties discussed the whole range of issues of Belarus-UK cooperation as well as Belarus-EU relations. The same day Deputy Minister A.Kupchyna took part in a working dinner with Mr. James Wilson, Chairman, EU-Belarus Business Council and representatives of political and business circles of the UK.
On February 9 2016, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, met with the Director General for Political Affairs of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Simon Gass, who is now visiting Belarus. The same day Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Alena Kupchyna, held a meeting with Simon Gass. In the course of the meetings, the parties discussed promising areas of cooperation between Belarus and Great Britain, as well as collaboration between Belarus and the European Union.