Afghan drugs finance terrorism worldwide – Russian deputy PM

Afghanistan needs a trustworthy government respected by the majority of the multinational Afghan population to tackle heroin production in the country, shared Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov.

“It is very risky to incorporate pro-Taliban fighters and particularly their leaders into the new political structure of Afghanistan,” Ivanov said, pointing out that “calling them international terrorists today and legitimate authorities of Afghanistan tomorrow would be stretching things a little bit too far.”

“The money from drug trafficking definitely goes to terrorists. If we want to fight terrorists seriously – we need to fight drug trafficking seriously.”