Russia and India intend to develop cooperation in fighting illegal narcotics, psychotropic substances and their precursors announced the Russian Federal Service for the Control of Drug Trafficking (FSCDT).
During a bilateral meeting in Moscow on 16 April, India’s ambassador to the Russian Federation P.S. Raghavan and the chairman of the government’s Anti-Narcotics Committee, Director of the FSCDT Viktor Ivanov discussed a wide range of issues concerning international cooperation in the war on illegal drugs and also agreed on using resources to counter the threat of drugs from Afghanistan.
Ivanov observed the importance of cooperation between relevant Russian and Indian agencies for taking countermeasures against drugs.
At present issues are being worked on concerning the activities for an official Russian representative of the FSCDT in India, sharing of operational information and carrying out joint anti-drug operations.
Furthermore, the Indians have expressed their interest in having drug enforcement staff train in Russian FSCDT institutions to increase their qualifications.
Bilateral cooperation will be continued as part of a ministerial meeting among BRICS countries on the war against drugs and at the Second Moscow Anti-narcotics Ministerial Conference to be held on 22 and 23 April 2015 in Moscow.
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