The new Governor of Odessa region Mikhail Saakashvili wants to strengthen Ukraine's border with Transnistria.
"The challenge before us is of 2 points: strengthening the border and control of the illegal activities of officials. Smuggling of drugs and weapons that were passing through the border, 't bring anything good, " he said at a press conference in Odessa, reports news Agency.
While Saakashvili has noticed that in the near future Ukraine will restore the validity of the line of contact "." There is a program of the President of Ukraine, which provides funding to strengthen the border. Its implementation is actually after we reduce corruption in all organs. After all, it is possible to pull the barbed wire, but if a customs officer or border guard will miss contraband, everything is meaningless, " said Saakashvili. In the past year on the Transnistrian segment of the Moldovan-Ukrainian border were initiated engineering work to block the movement of heavy military equipment and movement of contraband goods. The length of the border between Moldova and Ukraine - 1 222 thousand kilometers, and among them, more than 450-mile line that separates Ukraine from Transnistria. Remember, the head of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko promised in conjunction with the new Odessa Governor Mikhail Saakashvili to "restore order" in the field. At the end of may, Poroshenko has granted former President of Georgia Ukrainian citizenship and legally said of his appointment Odessa Governor. In the Parliament of Georgia has called the appointment of Saakashvili Governor of Odessa region by a mistake of the Ukrainian authorities. At home, Saakashvili declared wanted. The accusations against him in several criminal cases, as well as among them of embezzlement 5 million dollars of public funds for personal needs. In February, the Chief Prosecutor's office of Georgia appealed to the Ukrainian colleagues with the request for extradition of Saakashvili, but was refused.