Officials to Establish Estonian-Russian Anti-Drug Working Group
Interior Minister Ken-Marti Vaher and Viktor Ivanov, the director of the Russian Federation's Federal Drug Control Service, agreed to establish a joint anti-narcotics task force.
In recent years Estonia, which has served as a transit zone for smuggling drugs into Europe, has seen a sharp rise in the deadly synthetic drugs, largely coming from Russia. In 2012, fentanyl was the cause of 80 percent of drug-related deaths in Estonia.
"We clarified our respective countries' drug problems and current situation both regarding the area of circulation of specific substances, as well as the discovery of the possible production locations and trafficking routes of the synthetic drugs causing the most deaths," Vaher said in a press release.
During his two-day meeting, Ivanov met with officials from the Foreign Ministry, the Tax and Customs Board, the Estonian Forensic Science Institute, Parliament, and the Prosecutor's Office. He also met with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Estonia.