28 Feb 2018 17:23

Putin calls for more int'l cooperation to combat drug trafficking

MOSCOW. Feb 28 (Interfax) - Illegal drug trafficking still poses a major threat to Russia, and law enforcement agencies from different countries must boost their cooperation in tackling this problem, President Vladimir Putin said.

"Illegal drug trafficking remains a serious threat to the state and society," Putin said at an expanded-format Interior Ministry board meeting on Wednesday.

The number of crimes related to the illegal circulation of drugs, "though low, continues to grow," he said.

Putin considers it necessary "to continue the coordination of anti-drug activity between authorities of all levels and public organizations and expand cooperation with partners in the countries from which key drug flows are coming, and through such international structures as the CSTO and the SCO."