The meeting was organized implementing the Cooperation plan that was signed s between the Lithuanian and Ukrainian state border guard services in 2017 and in order to continue strengthening cooperation between both services addressing the threats of proliferation and illegal turnover of nuclear and other radioactive material.
Both Lithuanian and Ukrainian sides were represented by specialists of the Nuclear Security Centre of Excellence (NSCOE) of the Border Control Organization Board of the State Border Guard Service under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania and nuclear security detection experts of the Border Guard Service of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Border Guard Service (SBGS) was represented by officials of the National Academy of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine named after Bogdan Khmelnitsky and of the State Border Service of Ukraine named after Major General Ihor Momot. Important to mention, that NSCOE has been maintaining fruitful and meaningful cooperation with the Weapons of Mass Distraction Training Centre which is a unit of the Ukraine SBGS Training since 2015.
During the exchange meeting, the border control capabilities and related infrastructure of the both countries were presented and discussed. The main part of the discussion was put on the sustainability activities performed by the partners in order to support their nuclear security detection capabilities. The parties exchanged the views on the training planning, development and implementation practices, shared the practices in that field and discussed international good practices. Technical equipment maintenance and repair management was another important topic which was discussed. The guests also were offered with the field trip to Medininkai border crossing point where they could observe the routine radiation control procedures in the real working environment.
Ukrainian Border Guard Service is rapidly developing its border radiation control capabilities, modernizing and developing technical equipment with the help of foreign partners, improving procedures and quality control of operations.
Since 2015, the number of the joint trainings and exercises were organized in Lithuania and Ukraine by the NSCOE and Weapons of Mass Distraction Training Centre. Both centres are actively involved in the activities of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Nuclear Security Support Network.