Russia Counters Obama with Challenge: Shut Down Global Cocaine and Heroin Centers!

Russia Counters Obama with Challenge: Shut Down Global Cocaine and Heroin Centers!

March 26, 2014 • 9:18AM
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Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FDCS) head Victor Ivanov yesterday dramatized the insanity of the Obama Administration’s sanctions against Russia and the disruption of G-8 summit preparations, by holding a conference on “Countering the World Drug Program” in Moscow. The event was supposed to have prepared a ministerial pre-meeting for the G-8 summit in Sochi this June.

Last November 29 at a meeting in Minsk of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Coordinating Council of the Heads of Competent Bodies on Countering Illegal Drug Trafficking (the same day that the EU’s Eastern Partnership, gathered in nearby Vilnius, was pressuring Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych to sign up for “Association” with the EU), Ivanov had criticized the EU’s rejection in 2010 of Russia’s Rainbow-2 proposal for wiping out Afghan drug production, a plan that included a strong economic development component.

Announcing his intention to put Rainbow-2 back on the agenda, Ivanov said that Afghan drug production was a threat to international peace and security, and that “alternative development” for the economy in Afghanistan was crucial. He underscored that Moscow wanted to make the “planetary drug threat” a top issue during its G-8 chairmanship in 2014

Now, the Western powers have cancelled not only their participation in the Sochi summit, but also Russia’s membership in the G-8. The FDCS went ahead with the experts’ meeting, which Ivanov addressed. He presented the Rainbow-3 plan to counter narcotics through the “crash industrial development” of Afghanistan, providing alternative livelihoods those employed in the opium crops and trafficking.

Ivanov emphasized that international cooperation is crucial in the global fight against drug trafficking, but said that the other G-8 members have become unreliable.

“Experience proves that we need to really rely, first of all, on the BRICS nations Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and countries that neighbor drug-producing regions, while keeping free of the obligations and secret decisions of NATO’s military and political bureau.”

He said that in the 14 years since launch of the U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, over one million people in Eurasia, half of them Russian citizens, have died from Afghan heroin. In Ivanov’s view, the liquidation of the G-8 reflects NATO’s unwillingness to bear responsibility for the growth of drug production in Afghanistan, Itar-TASS reported.

“This cannot be considered otherwise [than] as a radical method of the USA and NATO to avoid shouldering responsibility for the 40-fold explosive growth of drug production in Afghanistan since the moment of occupation of this long-suffering country by US and NATO troops in 2001,”
he said.

Ivanov also returned to the topic of the role of narcodollars in bailing out the financial system, mentioning the cases of Wachovia Bank and HSBC (who got a non-prosecution deal with the Obama Justice Department, merely paying fines). He cited the 2009 charges of then United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime head Antonio Maria Costa, that drug and crime money were used to bail out the collapsing financial systems.

Speaking at the Moscow event was Member of the European Parliament Pino Arlacchi of Italy, who as the Europarliament’s Rapporteur on Afghanistan had hosted Ivanov to present Rainbow-2 in Brussels in 2010. In the interim, the European Commission, which found time to meddle in promoting the coup in Ukraine, has cancelled EU-Russia cooperation against drugs. Interviewed by an Italian agency on his current trip to Russia, Arlacchi stated that the German and Italian governments have distanced themselves from the “adventurous policy of the EU” toward Ukraine and Russia.

Another highlight of yesterday’s conference was the presentation of a report titled “A New Generation of Programs to Eliminate Afghan Drug Production,” by Yuri Krupnov, head of the Moscow-based Institute for Demography, Migration, and Regional Development. This industrial plan provides for top-down development measures, such as infrastructure projects and price support for food production. In that context, NATO in Afghanistan was supposed to get the assignment to eliminate the poppy fields in preparation for useful crops. Ironically enough, Victor Ivanov’s Rainbow plans include a UN sanctions list, targeting landlords who profiteer on the coca and poppy plantations in Afghanistan and Latin America. Instead, Ivanov himself has been put on the U.S. sanctions and visa ban lists!

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