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Russia's Lavrov Calls Drug Threat From Afghanistan 'Heroin Aggression'

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Afghan policemen stand guard near a pile of burning narcotics on the outskirts of Kabul in 2010.

Afghan policemen stand guard near a pile of burning narcotics on the outskirts of Kabul in 2010.

UNITED NATIONS -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has described the narcotics threat from Afghanistan as a "heroin aggression" aimed at Russia and Central Asia.

Lavrov's remarks were part of his remarks to the UN General Assembly, in which he appealed to NATO's ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) to more effectively combat the growing Afghan drug threat.

"We can say that Central Asia and Russia are already facing heroin aggression, while the profits from the drug trafficking are being used as the main source for financing the extremist underground in the whole region," Lavrov said.

Regarding the situation in Syria, Lavrov said it was unacceptable to ignore reform proposals put forward by President Bashar al-Assad, and that it was important to encourage the government and the opposition to start negotiations on the future of their country.
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