Relations between Turkey and Belarus

Turkey was the first country to recognize the independence of Belarus. Diplomatic relations were established on 25 March 1992. Our relations with Belarus are based on constructive dialogue and continue in a favorable course. Recently, there has been an increase in bilateral contacts and high level visits between the two countries.

9 documents were signed during the visit of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Minsk on 11 November 2016. Minsk Mosque, construction of which had started in 2003, undertaken by Turkey was officially opened during the visit. President Erdoğan’s visit to Belarus was the first presidential visit from Turkey to Belarus.

President Alexander Lukashenka’s official visit to Ankara on 16 April 2019 was the first visit in 23 years from Belarus to Turkey at that level. 6 documents were signed during the visit. On 27-28 August 2019, Minister Çavuşoğlu paid a visit to Minsk.

Trade volume between Turkey and Belarus in 2019 amounted 691 million US Dollars (531 million dollars of Turkish exports, 160 million dollars of imports from Belarus).

Total amount of investments by 50 Turkish firms operating in Belarus stands at 1.5 billion dollars. Turkish construction firms have undertaken 46 projects worth 918 million US Dollars since 1991, when they started working in the country.

Turkey has an Embassy in Minsk. Belarus has an Embassy in Ankara, a Consulate General in Istanbul, and Honorary Consulates in Adana, Antalya, Alanya, Bursa, and Izmir.