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MOSCOW, March 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Head of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service has expressed confidence that in the global fight against drug trafficking, Russia can rely only on BRICS nations and states neighboring drug producing regions, but not on NATO.
“We can resolve this global problem only through joint efforts of a bigger number of industrialized countries,” Viktor Ivanov told a meeting of the expert community in the run-up to a ministerial meeting of heads of anti-drug agencies. “Of course, I speak of G8 member-states, but as experience proves we need to really rely, first of all, on BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — and countries neighboring drug producing regions free of obligations and secret decisions of NATO’s military and political bureau.”
Intensive transit of drugs from Afghanistan estimated at $80 billion a year contributed to a growth of paramilitary drug trafficking groups, a surge of violence and involvement of several millions of residents of the region into this process, Ivanov said, adding that in general, this deformed the political landscape of countries of Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Middle East.
Viktor Ivanov regards the liquidation of the G8 format as NATO’s unwillingness to bear responsibility for the growth of drug production in Afghanistanе.
Ivanov drew attention to the fact that the liquidation of the G8 format by western countries occurred at the same moment when Russia within the framework of its G8 presidency named the issue of fighting drug trafficking as the main priority.
“This cannot be considered otherwise as a radical method of the USA and NATO to avoid shouldering responsibility for the 40-fold explosive growth of drug production in Afghanistan since the moment of occupation of this long-suffering country by US and NATO troops in 2001,” Ivanov stressed.