The European Union and Russia discussed in Brussels on September 19 respective drug policies, the drug situation in Russia and EU Member States, the Mission of Russia to the EU said.
The problem of new psychoactive substances was also discussed as well as the implementation of the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session final document on the world drug problem in the context of comprehensive review of Political Declaration and Plan of Action of 2009 on countering illicit drug trafficking to be held in 2019, the Mission of Russia to the EU said in a press release on September 21.
Alexey Rogov, Deputy Director of the Department for New Challenges and Threats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs led the Russian interagency delegation during the consultations in Brussels. The EU delegation was headed by Elisabeth Marschang, Deputy Director of the Department for International Organisations of the Federal Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria, currently holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU.
According to the Mission of Russia to the EU, the consultations reaffirmed proximity of the parties’ approaches towards key issues of combating drug trafficking, thereby creating additional opportunities to establishing mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation in the field.