The European Union strengthened its cooperation with Moldova on Monday 7 July to help it control the border with Ukraine and prevent the risk of arms trafficking from this warring country, concerned to see military equipment supplied by the West .

European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson announced the creation of a “support hub for internal security and border management in Moldova», A candidate country for the EU, during a meeting in Prague of the European Ministers of the Interior with their Moldovan and Ukrainian counterparts.

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“Not everyone is always in good hands”

It is a framework for information exchange and police cooperation on the ground involving EU Member States, Moldova and Ukraine, as well as Europol and Frontex agencies. The first meeting scheduled for Monday, which will involve twelve Member States, is dedicated to the trafficking of firearms. “We have some pointerson a traffic, said Ylva Johansson. “We know how many weapons there are in Ukraine and obviously not all of them are always in good hands“, He added, without further details.

The EU is concerned to see a repeat of the war scenario in the former Yugoslavia. “We still have problems with arms trafficking from (this region) to organized crime, which fuels the violence of criminal networks in the European Union“, Underlined the Swedish commissioner. “So we have to prepare together from the start“, he said. In addition to this trafficking, the weapons of the former Yugoslavia also ended up in the hands of the jihadists who hit Western Europe in recent years, as during the attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015.

We are on the border with Moldova, because that is where arms trafficking can come from“Said the acting director general of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), Aija Kalnaja. Cooperation with Moldova also concerns the fight against migrant smuggling networks, human trafficking, drug trafficking and terrorism. “Criminal organizations get into what is profitable, they don’t care if it comes to trading people or guns as long as they make moneycommented Aija Kalnaja. “They are extremely flexible, agile and we must be too“, He warned.

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