Russian food inflation declines threefold in 2016 — Central BankBusiness & Economy January 18, 17:01
Russian observers to monitor elections in France, SerbiaRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 16:49
Six suspects in Russian ambassador’s murder case testify in courtWorld January 18, 16:29
Russian arms foundry mints one-kilo silver ‘In Trump We Trust’ commemorative coinWorld January 18, 16:26
VTB president says anti-Russian sanctions should be first eased in financial sectorBusiness & Economy January 18, 16:03
Russia seeks Minsk deal implementation not for cancellation of sanctions — LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 15:57
Syria has no objections to US presence at Astana talks, diplomat saysWorld January 18, 15:39
Crimea informs Amsterdam court of plans to continue legal fight for Scythian goldSociety & Culture January 18, 15:33
Positive trend in Russian economy should be supported — PutinBusiness & Economy January 18, 15:31
KABUL, September 5 (Itar-Tass) — Russian government proposes to hold a sweeping four-country anti-drugs operation in northern Afghanistan before the end of this year, Viktor Ivanov, the chairman of Russia’s State Committee for Narcotic Drugs Control said at a regional anti-drugs conference underway here.
The efforts of the four countries – Afghanistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Pakistan – should be concentrated on Badakhshan, the key springboard at the northern drugs trafficking route, Ivanov said.
“Consolidated anti-drugs operations are needed,” he said. “For Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, Badakhshan and its Wakhan Corridor make up a common geographical space and that’s why it’s especially important to concentrate the common efforts of the four countries’ operative services in that particular area.”
“Instances of cooperation of this kind exist already,” Ivanov said.
As the latest instance of this, he singled out Operation Octopus that resulted in the arrests of a number of drug dealers in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Russia.
“In Russia alone, twenty-three drug dealers were exposed,” Ivanov said.
He also recalled a joint operation in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarkhar in October 2010 that helped destroy four major laboratories producing narcotic drugs.
In December 2010, as well as in January and February 2011, another four operations were held. They brought about elimination of 1,400 kilograms of heroin, 4.5 tons of morphine, and 300 kilograms of opium.