#AceWorldNews – NATO – April 02 – NATO plans to suspend cooperation with Russia on the maintenance of Afghan helicopters and training anti-drug officials in Afghanistan and Pakistan, RIA Novosti quoted a source in the alliance as saying.
Current trainees will be allowed to complete the training program before the project is scrapped, the source said.
Head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service Viktor Ivanov said that Russia would be able to train Afghan drug policemen without NATO, ITAR-TASS reported Wednesday.
The alliance’s secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, earlier said the bloc hoped to continue working with Russia in Afghanistan and training anti-drug officials in that country and Pakistan.
#AceWorldNews – SIMFEROPOL – April 02 – Hemp and Poppy fields in Crimea will be destroyed, head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) Viktor Ivanov told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday after a visiting session of the State Anti-drug Committee.
“The meeting focused on issues related to the organisation of the work aimed at the destruction of the resource base of drug production – hemp and poppy grow here. It has been decided to destroy this resource base,” Ivanov said.
The meeting participants also made a decision to create in the Crimea the Anti-drug Commission that will be headed by the Crimean premier, Sergei Aksyonov.
MOSCOW – March 26 – Recently having banned the use of Methadone as it had become a criminal business in Ukraine. This was just another step closer to banning and removing drugs and drug lords from Crimea.
Ivanov had said its efficacy was not clinically proved, but there was hard statistics showing that the number of deaths from its use in the United States and Great Britain had increased considerably as addiction to methadone is much stronger than that to heroin.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 21 – The Russian Federal Drug Control Service has announced that US sanctions against its boss Viktor Ivanov would prevent all cooperation, suggesting the real reason was the US intention to hide its responsibility for the drug crisis in Afghanistan.
“The unfriendly action itself and the US visa ban on the director of the Russian Drug Control Service is severing the successful and fruitful cooperation with Russia in fighting against illegal drugs,” reads the agency’s press release distributed on Friday.
The statement was made soon after the United States announced it was extending the list of people subject to sanctions in connection with the Ukrainian crisis and the accession of the Republic of Crimea into the Russian Federation. The new blacklist includes Viktor Ivanov, who is also co-chairing the workgroup of the Russia-US Presidential Commission on countering the illegal drug trade.
“By today’s arbitrary and thoughtless actions the US administration destroying the unique experience in cooperation and international police work that has nothing to do with politics,” says the release.
Most of the Russian officials mentioned in the new US blacklist have also expressed surprise over the US move and stressed that they possessed no assets that could be frozen and the visa ban only hindered positive cooperation. After the first US sanctions against Russian officials the State Duma passed a motion mocking US President Barack Obama and asking him to slap sanctions on all Russian MPs as the parliament was united in its position over Ukraine and Crimea.
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