Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov’s meetings with President of the International Narcotics Control Board Viroj Sumyai and Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Yury Fedotov
On March 13, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, head of the Russian delegation to the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) Oleg Syromolotov held bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the CND session in Vienna with President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) Viroj Sumyai and Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov.
The parties discussed the pressing issues of drug control. Mr Syromolotov reaffirmed Russia’s commitment to strict compliance with the three UN anti-drug conventions and reiterated Russia’s principled position on the unacceptability of legalising narcotics.
The Russian representative thanked the INCB for its recommendations following the INCB president’s official visit to Moscow in November 2017 and expressed Russia’s intention to take them into account when planning and implementing national measures against illegal drug trafficking, for the prevention of drug addiction, the treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts, as well as the availability of narcotic substances that provide relief from pain and suffering.
The parties expressed concern over the sharp deterioration of the situation with illegal drug production in Afghanistan, which poses a threat to international peace and stability, and the need to motivate the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan take urgent coordinated steps with the assistance of the international community to improve the situation.
Mr Syromolotov stressed Russia’s willingness to provide further assistance to the UNODC and the INCB in the implementation of decisions adopted at the UN General Assembly’s special session on the world drug problem (New York, September 2016), including the funding of corresponding projects and programmes.