Oleksandr Turchynov: The launch of a comprehensive system for capturing biometric data is another step towards strengthening the countryĺs security
Secretary of the National
Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov together with
Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov and the leadership of the
State Border Guard Service of Ukraine tested a comprehensive system for
capturing biometric data at the checkpoint of the State Border Guard Service at
the "Zhulyany" airport.
According to Mr. Turchynov,
the State Border Guard Service, within the shortest possible time (four months)
managed to implement the decision of the NSDC of Ukraine to strengthen control
over the entry of foreigners and stateless persons into Ukraine, "first of all,
this decision concerns citizens of the Russian Federation". "In most European
countries, the implementation of such tasks was carried out within 4-5 years", -
As Mr. Turchynov said,
according to the NSDC decision, from 2018, citizens of the Russian Federation
and other countries of migration risk must inform beforehand about their
intention to enter Ukraine. "Moreover, - Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine
added, - the crossing of the border by these categories of citizens should be
carried out with their biometric identification, and their place of residence
should be recorded".
He stressed that for this
purpose, from January 1, 2018, a national system of biometric verification and
identification of foreigners and stateless persons, that meets the best
European standards, should start functioning in Ukraine.
"These measures should
significantly improve the security situation in the country", - the NSDC Secretary
said noticing that the introduction of this system will also allow intensifying
counter-intelligence activities and fighting against organized crime.
"Today, pursuant to the NSDC
decision, at the "Zhulyany" airport, we are testing the first system for
capturing biometric data of foreigners and stateless persons", - he said adding
that the received information from the checkpoint will be transferred securely
to the database of the national system of verification and identification of
foreigners and stateless persons.
Secretary of the NSDC of
Ukraine emphasized that 157 existing checkpoints are equipped with tools for
reading information from biometric documents and fingerprints, "and 126 border
crossing points are already directly connected to Interpol databases".
According to him, the systems
for capturing biometric data will be operational from January 1 in capital
airports and at border checkpoints with the Russian Federation. Answering the
question, Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine pointed out that from next year such
a system will work, in particular, at checkpoints to the temporarily occupied
territory of Crimea.
"The launch of a comprehensive
system for capturing biometric data is another step towards alleviating the
security situation and improving the border control system", - Oleksandr