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Moscow to NATO: Help Contain Afghan Drug Threat

Moscow to NATO: Help Contain Afghan Drug Threat

KABUL - Moscow on Monday asked NATO for a joint campaign to ward off the drug threat posed by Afghanistan.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov issued call while addressing the Parliamentarians Against Drugs Conference in Moscow.
In 2017, the total area under opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan was estimated at 328,000 hectares, representing a 63 percent increase.
UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Yury Fedotov said in mid-November the spike in drug production in Afghanistan could result in an upsurge in drug consumption throughout the world, including in Russia.
TASS news agency quoted Lavrov as saying: "We urge NATO representatives to look for joint approaches to driving out the drug trafficking business and terrorism from Afghan soil." (Pajhwok)