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Russia is ready to join the international forces fighting against drug trafficking from Afghanistan only on the Afghan borders
Russia is ready to join the international forces fighting against drug trafficking from Afghanistan, however, only on the Afghan borders, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists on arriving in the Indian capital on a routine visit on Friday. "If the idea of special anti-drug international forces is realized, we shall support it. Under no conditions Russia will participate in the fight on Afghan territory but we are ready for active cooperation with those fighting in Afghanistan on the outward perimeter," Mr. Lavrov said. He believes that the international mission staying in Afghanistan under the UN Security Council's mandate are failing to stop illegal drug production and trafficking to other Central Asian and European countries, including Russia. According to the Foreign Minister, Russia has already offered to consider the formation of drug security belts around Afghanistan. Regional organizations, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) and the Central Asian Cooperation (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Russia). Russia hopes for the soonest adoption of the UN Security Council's resolution on the new quality of the anti-terrorist struggle, Mr. Lavrov added. This resolution was initiated by Russia and we hope it will be adopted today, he said. India supports this resolution, Sergei Lavrov noted. "The fight against terrorism is a key international problem. India and Russia are most active members of the anti-terrorist coalition," he emphasized. As for Russian-Indian relations, the minister believes that "against the background of impressive political success we have trade and economic problems and should take measures to develop these relations, especially, in the investment and trade spheres". According to Mr. Lavrov, during his visit to India he is to consider bilateral issues and to prepare Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to India in early December
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