20 Feb 2018 11:49

Ukraine turning into key supplier of synthetic drugs to Russia - Deputy Interior Minister Zubov

MOSCOW. Feb 20 (Interfax) - Ukraine is turning into a key supplier of synthetic drugs to Russia, Russian Deputy Interior Minister Igor Zubov said at parliamentary hearings in the State Duma on Tuesday.

"We can state the emergence of another country producing and trafficking drugs: this is Ukraine. Unfortunately, a fraternal nation, our partner in Black Sea economic cooperation, is turning into a manufacturer of synthetic drugs," Zubov said.

"Applicably to Russia, Ukrainian citizens are the main dealers of synthetic drugs in the Russian territory," he said.

Ukrainians are also making synthetic drugs in the Russian territory, Zubov said.

"There is a flow [of synthetic drugs] to Europe, as well. We have ordered all of our representatives abroad to monitor the situation," he said.

Zubov, who visited Argentina a short time ago, said that the Argentine public security minister admitted "the appearance of the Ukrainian drug factor in her country."