The first state body to conduct intelligence work - the Department of Foreign Information as part of the Political Department of the Directory- was created back in the Ukrainian People's Republic. It is this institution that became the prototype of one of our country's key security agencies - the Foreign Intelligence Service.
Today, our state is again forced to fight for its territorial integrity and sovereignty. The external aggression against our country is conducted not only by armed, but also by political, economic and informational methods. Therefore, the work of our intelligence officers is vital to the state.
I sincerely congratulate you on the 101st anniversary of the Ukrainian Foreign Intelligence. I am grateful to each of you for your conscious choice to defend the national interests of the Ukrainian State at this difficult time for us all. Thanks to your perseverance, courage and valor, the Foreign Intelligence Service shows and I am sure, in the future it will keep showing high results and standards of intelligence work.
I believe and rely on you, as does any Ukrainian citizen.
Happy professional holiday!