Diplomatic and Military Affairs

Russia extends anti-drug programs in Central Asia

Updated: 2011-02-22 16:36


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MOSCOW -- Russia would offer more support for the anti-drug programs in Central Asian countries including Afghanistan, an official from Russia's Federal Drug Control Service said on Monday.

Viktor Ivanov, chief of the service, said Russia has grown its financial support for the programs several times.

"Russia's assistance has grown manifold, to 7 million U.S. dollars in a one-time donation and 2 million dollars to be assigned annually," Ivanov as quoted by local media as saying.

The official also revealed Russia would expend cooperation with the European Union on tackling the drug threat from Afghanistan.

"A five-year plan to liquidate the Afghan drug threat is currently in development," Ivanov said, adding that Russia would also fight against the drug trade in Kyrgyzstan.

"The government will provide technical and financial assistance to the anti-drug programs in Kyrgyzstan. There is a mechanism of the anti-drug regional quartet of Russia, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan," Ivanov said.

The Caspian Group comprising Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Iran will participate in anti-drug programs as well, the official said.

The Russian-U.S. Presidential Commission has been carrying out joint anti-drug operations in Afghanistan since last year. Russia maintains relations with Afghan agencies in the training and arming of Afghan drug law enforcers.


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