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Saturday 20 December 2014

Russia in call over Afghan drugs

Russia calls for crackdown on drugs from Afghanistan
Russia calls for crackdown on drugs from Afghanistan

Russia has urged US-led forces in Afghanistan to crack down harder on drug production there, and offered to help put a security "ring" round the country.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said in Singapore the international community should classify Afghan drugs as a threat to international peace and security.

Ivanov told an Asia-Pacific security summit hosted by the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies that insurgents and international mafia groups were earning billions from Afghan drugs.

Afghanistan supplies 90% of the world's opium, the main ingredient in heroin.

The UN says the Taliban earn about 300 million dollars (£207.5 million) a year from the opium trade.

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