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Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 13 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /
The Russian Federal Drug Control Service in cooperation with the relevant bodies of Azerbaijan seized about a ton of Afghan hashish, which was intended for distribution in Russia, Federal Drug Control Service chief Viktor Ivanov said in Baku today. Ivanov is on visit to Baku on Jan.13-14.
"During the visit, we discussed issues of combating the global threat of drugs, drug prevention and issues to develop mechanisms for joint activities to combat drug trafficking," he said.
"We agreed with Azerbaijani National Security Minister Eldar Mahmudov in assessment of the risk of traffic for our states - the criminalization of the situation, an increase in drug addiction, education, drug cartels and the sources of terrorist financing," Ivanov said.
The Russian Federal Drug Control Service and Azerbaijani Interior Ministry have signed the document on cooperation in combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors between.
"The traffic of new synthetic drugs passes through Azerbaijan, and our agreement is designed to develop a mechanism to respond to the new version of the drug," Ivanov said.
He said the agreement will also help the parties to work on the problem of drug trafficking through the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, particularly Nagorno-Karabakh.
"The problem of our countries is that a phenomenal amount of drugs is produced in Afghanistan. For Azerbaijan, the biggest problem is cannabis, which is brought into the country via Iran. We intend to further intensify the cooperation with Iran in solving this problem," he said.