WASHINGTON, September 26 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and the United States have a lot to share in the fight against drugs turnover, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of State said.
Viktor Ivanov, the head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service, held working meetings in Washington on September 24 with David Johnson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and with Paul Jones, U.S. Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan.
Speaking on the results of the meetings, Spokesman Ian Kelly said, "They agreed that the United States and the Russian Federation could benefit from increased exchanges of best practices as well as operational coordination."
The Russian and American drug officials, he said, also discussed the problem of drugs trafficking from Afghanistan.
"In the meeting with the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan, Director Ivanov described the growing challenge of drugs trafficked from Afghanistan into Russia. They agreed that the Afghan narcotics challenge was a critical area for U.S. and Russian cooperation."
Most of the heroin and hashish coming into Russia originates in Afghanistan, and is trafficked into the country through the former Soviet republics of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Most of the drugs are then sold in Russia's largest cities, or shipped on to Europe.