`Afghan drug production grew during NATO presence`
During the NATO presence in Afghanistan, heroin production there grew 40 times, Director of Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) Viktor Ivanov said in an interview published by the Izvestiya newspaper.
Moscow: During the NATO presence in
Afghanistan, heroin production in this country has grown 40
times, Director of Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN)
Viktor Ivanov said in an interview published by the Izvestiya
"At the points where there is geopolitical tension -
especially in areas with favourable climatic conditions for
agriculture - the cultivation of narcotic crops, production
and consumption of drugs begin," Ivanov said.
He believes that military clashes and the opium
production growth are closely interrelated.
"According to the UN data, in the period from 2003 to
2009 the number of armed clashes (in Afghanistan) increased 60
times," said the head of the Federal Drug Control Service.
He emphasised that to reduce drug trafficking to
Russia it is necessary to normalise the situation inside
According to him, 150,000 foreign military servicemen
and 70,000 armed employees of private paramilitary structures
are engaged in the fight against militants from Al-Qaeda.
"The annual spending for the destruction of one
militant is around 300 million US dollars," Ivanov stated.
"If all this power is engaged in combating drug
trafficking, there is hope that the situation will be
"Afghanistan currently accounts for 90 percent of
the world`s total production of opiates," the Federal Drug
Control Service director explained.