Russia stops most Afghan narcotics, no transit to Europe
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 03, 2010, 17:04
  
Moscow: Russia stops most of the smuggled Afghan narcotics and there is practically no transit of banned substances to Europe, an official of the country's anti-drug department has said.

Nikolai Tsvetkov, Deputy Director of the Federal Drug Control Service (FKSN) and Head of the State Anti-Drugs Committee's staff while commenting on Afghanistan's drug situation said that, "it looks much worse and tragic for our county."

"From the autumn of 2001, when the Enduring Freedom Operation began and the UN security support international contingent entered Afghanistan, the production of narcotics, which are mostly those of the opiate group, has grown up by over 40 times," Tsvetkov said.

The most part of the drugs is trafficked via the northern route traversing Russia.

"Presently, we do not have a common border with Afghanistan, there is only the former Soviet-Afghan border, which is controlled by Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan," he said.

"Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan have 7,500 kilometres of common border and they are involved in the trafficking.

"The law enforcement authorities of our neighbours fulfil the tasks they have, but the reality is the flow of narcotics from Afghanistan is the size of an avalanche," Tsvetkov said.

"This is why we are interested in closer cooperation with our counterparts in Central Asia, Iran and, surely, Afghanistan itself."

About 25-30 percent of the Afghan drug output are trafficked via the northern route, he said.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, June 03, 2010, 17:04


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