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Antti Hartikainen: suspicions of major customs fraud remain

The deputy head of the EU monitoring team on the Transdniestrian segment of Moldova’s border with Ukraine, Antti Hartikainen said his mission had detected only "minor" smuggling since it was launched last year. But Hartikainen added that suspicions remained that Moldova's breakaway Transdniester Republic was a hub of major customs fraud.

The European Union initiated the two-year project towards the end of 2005 to stop suspected arms smuggling, trafficking, and customs fraud.