Ukraine’s trading partners: EU and Russian Federation equally important
The European Union (EU) has offered Ukraine a free trade and association agreement, whereas the Russian Federation wants to extend its customs union with Kazakhstan and Belarus to include the Eastern European state.
As far as the Ukrainian trade is concerned, both partners are of similar importance to Ukraine according to figures published by UN Comtrade: In 2012, 25% of all Ukrainian exports were destined for the EU, whilst 26% were delivered to the Russian Federation. The imports were equally balanced: 31% of all imported goods came from the European Union, 32% from the Russian Federation. In total, Ukraine exported goods worth 68.7 billion US$ and imported goods amounting to 84.7 billion US$. Accordingly, the Ukrainian trade balance was negative.
For more data on the Ukraine please consult the section "Data by country".