The Russian diplomat stressed that the drug flow from Afghanistan had not decreased. In 2002, 600kg of drugs have been confiscated on the Tajik-Afghan border section only. UN experts estimate that this year Afghanistan will produce about 3,000 tons of heroin.
Moscow believes that a long-term programme should be developed in order to fight drugs trafficking more effectively. This programme shall include both military and economic means, the Russian diplomat stated. He thinks that since it is Russian troops who guard the Tajik-Afghan border, Moscow shall get financial aid from the UN and other international organisations in order to establish a security zone along both the Tajik-Afghan and Russo-Kazakh border.
The Russian forces destroyed a column of NATO armoured vehicles that had been delivered to the Ukrainian army.