Thursday, May 25 2017 23:09 EEST
Ukraine
President: Efficient State Border Service is the key element of ensuring national security of Ukraine
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On the eve of the Day of the Border Guard, President Petro Poroshenko met with officials of the State Border Service of Ukraine. Congratulating the attendees on their professional holiday that will be celebrated on May 28, the Head of State noted that border guards are the face of Ukraine.

“They are not only professional and patriotic people loyal to the state, but also those who who demonstrated the best qualities due to their heroism and courage,” Petro Poroshenko said.

The Head of State emphasized that the institution has been positively changed over the past years and noted the contribution of the State Border Service to visa liberalisation with the EU. According to him, high-quality work of the State Border Service played its role in the approval of an important decision for Ukraine - EU visa waiver for Ukrainian citizens.

“Today, border guards are those who coordinate integrated border management, those who ensured breakthrough in the relations with our neighbors. Common border crossing points are established, common special operations are conducted - unique trust is being built. It characterizes an absolutely new face, new qualities of the border service,” the President noted.

The Head of State expressed gratitude to the leadership of the institution for radical and resolute transformations of the past years. Today, border guards demonstrate high-quality new equipment, means of communication, including secure satellite communications, high-quality communication strategy, border management. Efficient information delivery and coordination of actions are at the highest level, as stated by Petro Poroshenko.

“Efficient State Border Service is the key element of ensuring national security of Ukraine and, as for me, we have reached a new level,” the President said adding that the issue of efficient border service is one of the priorities in his negotiations with strategic partners of Ukraine.

The Head of State expressed sincere gratitude to everyone who selflessly and conscientiously fulfills military tasks on the protection of the Homeland. “The figures are impressive. 2600 illegal migrants were detained, 4 thousand were banned to visit Ukraine. Today, despite a very difficult international situation, Ukrainian citizens are grateful for a flawless performance of tasks,” he stressed.

He especially noted the border guards who defend Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty in the east. “More than 16 thousand border guards are combatants. 738 deserved state military awards,” the Head of State noted.

The attendees honored memory of 67 border guards fallen in battles. “They are an example of honesty, integrity, determination and courage. I am sure that true Ukrainian border guards must be like them,” Petro Poroshenko said.

Head of the State Border Service Viktor Nazarenko thanked the President for a high appraisal of his institution.

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