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Russia urges NATO to crack down on Afghan drug traffic

RIA Novosti


MOSCOW, January 29 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow is urging NATO to prioritize the fight against drug trafficking in Afghanistan, the Russian envoy to the Western bloc said on Friday.

According to Russia's drug control service, Russia is one of the main markets for drugs from Afghanistan, with at least 12 tons of pure heroin smuggled into the country each year.

Dmitry Rogozin said although poppy plantations in Afghanistan shrank 22% last year, "we do not see that NATO forces can take the credit for that." He attributed the decline to the overproduction of heroin and opiates.

He described "heroin aggression" as "the main threat to Russia," but said that NATO would not take any additional measures against the Afghan drug gangs to avoid troop losses.

On Wednesday, Rogozin reportedly sent a letter to NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe James G. Stavridis on the issue of drug trafficking in Afghanistan.

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