“I have known Yehor Bozhok for a long time as a patriot, determined and professional person who has a vast experience of working abroad,” Petro Poroshenko said.

According to the president, Bozhok's work in the lead of Ukraine's Mission to NATO allowed coordinating the efforts of the country's international partners in support of Ukraine and increasing the defense capacity of the state significantly. He also noted that these efforts have a special meaning for the protection of the country's national interests.

The president says he is confident that the appointment of the new Chief of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine will give a boost to the development of the agency.

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The Head of State outlined strategic vectors of the agency's development and interaction with its key partners. He also expressed confidence that the newly appointed chief would manage to increase the agency's efficiency and its coordination with other security and defense departments.

Yehor Bozhok has been an acting Head of Ukraine’s NATO mission since June 2015.