The head of Russia's Federal Drug Control Service proposed on Friday expanding the UN anti-drug mission in Afghanistan.
"We support the broadening of a UN [anti-drug] mission in Kabul because it is too restricted at the moment," Viktor Ivanov said.
Russia was the biggest donator to the mission last year, giving $7 million, Ivanov said.
Ivanov had in the past blamed NATO for not doing enough to stamp out drug production in Afghanistan, which has increased almost tenfold since the U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban in 2001.
At least 30,000 people die in Russia every year from heroin abuse. About 90% of heroin in Russia is smuggled from Afghanistan via the former-Soviet states of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Drug trafficking is a major source of income for Afghanistan's impoverished rural population, and also for Taliban militants.
MOSCOW, March 18 (RIA Novosti)