Countering international terrorism and extremism against the backdrop of global and regional terrorist threats emanating from the territory of Afghanistan, as well as in the regions of the Middle East and North Africa, were discussed on October 28 in Moscow by the Deputy Foreign Ministers of Turkmenistan Vepa Khadzhiev and Russia Oleg Syromolotov . This was reported by the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The parties discussed the possibility of joining efforts in curbing the activities of foreign terrorist fighters, countering the financing of terrorism and combating the illegal distribution of drugs.
The role of the joint efforts of the member states of the CIS, the CSTO and the SCO in countering the challenges and threats to security in the Central Asian region was noted, the report says. Turkmenistan is not a full member of any of these organizations.
Both diplomats were previously members of the security services.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan does not report on the meeting.
The coming to power of the Taliban contributed to an increase in drug trafficking through the countries of Central Asia to Russia and Europe. This is stated in the publication of the Observer Research Foundation.
In particular, as the head of the Drug Control Agency of Tajikistan stated, the volume of heroin smuggled through the country in 2021 almost doubled – from 2.3 to 4 tons.
It is noted that the so-called “Balkan route” passes through Turkmenistan, through which opiates from Afghanistan enter Europe.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan