Russian-U.S. relations in drug control are on the rise – FSKN

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MOSCOW. Jan 31 (Interfax) – The Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) has announced that relations between Moscow and Washington in combating drugs will be developing despite Russia’s withdrawal from an agreement in law enforcement with the United States.

“Today Russian-American relations in the sphere of drug control are on the rise and continue advancing,” Interfax was told at the FSKN PR and media department on Wednesday.

FSKN said that the agreement between the governments of Russia and the United States on cooperation in law enforcement and drug control signed in 2002 is “morally outdated.”

“A new one is under work that will reflect modern systems of managing drug control activities and fundamentally new approaches to combating transnational drug crime,” a FSKN official said.

“U.S. colleagues are our reliable partners on the international arena,” the representative said.

He said that FSKN and the State Anti-Drug Committee are successfully cooperating with the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

A working group for resisting illicit drug turnover set up in the framework of the Russian-U.S. presidential commission has been functioning for over three years.

“Both the Russian Federation and the United States see clear prospects of further expanding interaction. This is largely promoted by the similarity of approaches to key problems in resisting the illegal turnover of drugs and psychotropic substances,” the FSKN official said.

He said Russia and the United States have conducted several successful joint operations in Central Asia and Latin America.

In September 2012, with the assistance of FSKN and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the Afghan drug police conducted an operation to stamp out drug labs in northern Afghanistan. At the time, 180 kilos of heroin, 1,500 kilos of morphine, 1,200 kilos opium, 2,000 kilos of seeds of opium poppy and 700 kilos of precursors were seized and six drug labs destroyed in the Badakhshan province.

“In three years, the trafficking of over 10 tonnes of heroin has been averted. All measures carried out during the past few years demonstrated that both countries are determined to further increase the effectiveness of bilateral cooperation,” the FSKN official said.

The Russian government’s website reported on Wednesday that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a directive on terminating an agreement between the Russian and U.S. governments on cooperation in law enforcement activities and drug control.

The directive was proposed by the Russian Foreign Ministry, which argued that the said agreement no longer meets the existing realities and has exhausted its potential.