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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

NATO and Russia Turn to Drug War

BRUSSELS -- NATO and Russia began a project on Thursday to fight drug trafficking from Afghanistan, extending their growing military links into the fight against organized crime, the two sides said.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference that they had discussed "countering threats to security, including terrorism, drugs and organized crime" at a routine meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at NATO headquarters.

"We ... agreed today to launch a pilot project on counternarcotics training for Afghan and Central Asian personnel," the council said in a statement.

The statement did not say how many personnel would benefit from training under the project.

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said the alliance would help set up a training center near Moscow as part of its contribution.