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The CSTO together with the Russian interior Ministry are working on a new anti-drug strategy

Organization of the collective security Treaty in cooperation with the interior Ministry is working on a new anti-drug strategy for the period until 2025, reported the RIA Novosti press-Secretary of the CSTO Vladimir Zainetdinov in connection with the 15th anniversary of the coordinating Council of heads of competent authorities on combating drug trafficking of member States ODKB (xopn).

According to Zainetdinov, with the aim to combat drug trafficking since 2003, conducted a comprehensive anti-drug operation under the code name "Channel". "The operation is attended annually the competent authorities of the member States of the CSTO, as well as observers more than 20 representatives of anti-drug agencies of the countries of Europe and Asia depending on the objectives of a specific phase of the operation. Regularly attended the law enforcement agencies of Afghanistan, Iran and China, the financial intelligence units of the member States of the Eurasian group on combating money laundering and financing of terrorism and representatives of international organizations from the UN office on drugs and crime, Interpol, OSCE, SCO, CARICC and the CIS", - said the press Secretary of the CSTO.

Between 2003 and 2020 the 30 stages of the operation. "As a result of the joint work only from 2017 to 2019 withdrawn from illegal circulation more 67,6 tons of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, including: 48,988 tons of opium, 6,665 tons of hashish, 3,737 tons of marijuana, 790 kilograms of heroin, 691 kilograms of drugs of synthetic origin," said Zainetdinov.

He noticed that the results of the operation appreciated as member States of the CSTO and countries-observers, as well as in official materials of the United Nations office on drugs and crime and the International Committee for drug control.

The CSTO includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.