The cost of the European Rampart project was reduced fourfold, the project of construction of border facilities has become modern and cost-effective. This was announced by Prime Minister of Ukraine Arsenii Yatseniuk during a government meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 19, Censor.NET reports citing the government portal.
The head of government reminded that the Cabinet of Ministers had decided to launch a project to tighten security along the entire state border between Ukraine and Russia a year ago: "Every independent state must control and protect its territory." Since then, the European Rampart has undergone drastic changes. First of all, the government has reduced its value fourfold - from UAH 18 billion to almost UAH 4 billion ($174,000,000).
Arsenii Yatseniuk noted that over the year, the efficiency of control over the state border had been significantly improved, both engineering facilities had been erected and a system of electronic control over the state border installed. The prime minister promised to visit the site together with the Chairman of the State Border Guard Service, "as we always do it once in three months."
"Our independent Ukraine will construct the state border with the Russian Federation, and it will be a tangible area, which will deprive Russian-led terrorists of an opportunity to freely cross the Ukrainian-Russian state border, to deliver weapons, to travel illegally. And Ukraine will do everything to defend its territory", the PM stressed.
"The state budget envisages appropriate funding. And the decision to create a state company to construct the state border facilities has proved to be correct," Arsenii Yatseniuk said.
"Following the approved blueprint, we are building the European Rampart and doing everything to ensure that Ukraine is secure. Every citizen of the country should be aware that the State Border Service, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are defending the Ukrainian territory, and we have done everything possible to isolate ourselves from the aggressor state, which the Russian Federation is," the prime minister stressed.