President of Ukraine Has Confidence in the Ukrainian Intelligence

On the occasion of the 26th anniversary of Ukraine’s Foreign Intelligence, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with the staff of the SZRU.

In his speech, the President of Ukraine emphasized that in the hybrid war, the State, its Armed Forces and special services are getting unique experience.

“The Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine is one of the few world intelligences that is capable (and has proven this capability) of taking active measures”, the President said. – “At the same time, I demand a significant increase in the efficiency of the work of intelligence officers. The Service must continue to develop, make the necessary adjustments to its work, regroup forces and learn to respond flexibly to new challenges and threats faced by our state”.

The Head of the State reminded that it is the 4th anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine when millions of Ukrainians came to the streets, risking their lives with firm determination not to let the country be returned to the Soviet Union and the Russian Empire, and demanding European integration of Ukraine. “And the task of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine is to become a full member of the European and Euro-Atlantic intelligence community”, stressed the President. According to him, this path lies through building up mutual trust and strengthening practical cooperation, including through joint operations with partners in the European Union and NATO. “This is absolutely logical, since we have common enemies”, said Petro Poroshenko.

The President of Ukraine emphasized that he highly appreciates the SZRU’s information and analytical activity, adding that intelligence data and reports provided by the Foreign Intelligence’s personnel are used in the development of documents of state strategic planning, in particular, there had been adopted a number of important strategic decisions aimed at improving the work of state bodies of Ukraine in all spheres.

The President of Ukraine instructed to submit to him by the end of December this year the Concept of optimization of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine in accordance with the standards of the North Atlantic Alliance. “You have a great experience with the Alliance’s standards. I demand its implementation in normative documents”, – said the Head of the State.

Also, the President of Ukraine determined as priority tasks the effective detection of the threats and challenges to Ukraine’s interests, protection of national interests in the political, economic, energy, scientific, technical and military-technical spheres, intelligence support of Ukraine’s participation in the establishment and functioning of international and regional collective security systems, effective struggle against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, piracy, and international terrorism.

On the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the Foreign Intelligence, the Head of the State handed state awards and presented certificates for employer-rented housing.

Press Office of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine

November 30, 2017