Russia Blocks American Anti-drug Initiative In Vienna

[SEE: Washington’s New Foxy Plan To Sneak Into the Central Asian Hen House]

Anti-drug initiative blocked in Vienna

Russia has managed to freeze the discussion of the American project
In Vienna yesterday ended Ministerial Conference of the Paris Pact – the largest international forum on combating drug trafficking from Afghanistan, which Moscow considers a major threat to the security of the Russian Federation. As found “b” in the U.S. The conference gathered to present their new initiative to address this issue, which would allow Washington to gain access to sensitive data of the Central Asian countries. Moscow is convinced that the main objective of this initiative – strengthening the military and political presence in a region that Moscow regards as its area of special interests. As a result, Russia has managed to persuade the Allies Organization (CSTO Collective Security Treaty) did not participate in it.


The conference in Vienna – the third in a row in the so-called Paris of the process, started in 2003 and united the country most affected by the transit of drugs from Afghanistan. The second summit was held in 2006 in Russia, whose power is called the Afghan drug threat by one of the main challenges to the security of the Russian Federation. According to official data, from the Afghan drug die every year more than 30 thousand citizens of the Russian Federation. However, yesterday, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in fact, acknowledged that the goals for all these years could not be reached. “Opium production in Afghanistan increased from 3.6 tons in 2010 to 5.8 tons in 2011,” – he stated. From the speech of the Minister indicated that the responsibility lies, including NATO countries, and especially the United States that are not struggling with the planting of opiates in Afghanistan and do not wish to establish anti-drug cooperation with the CSTO.

Meanwhile, as found “b” at a conference in Vienna, the United States were about to present its new project to combat the Afghan drug traffic, which should involve all Central Asian countries-members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Some details of the project entitled “Central Asian anti-drug initiative” (CACI) opened in October at the UN General Assembly, U.S. Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, William Brownfield (before his appointment, he was U.S. ambassador to Colombia and Venezuela, so it knows about Drugs are not hearsay). The initiative will cover five countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. They plan to create a special unit to combat drug trafficking, and the process should take place on the money and led by the United States. In the margins of the conference in Vienna, the United States intended to provide the initiative and even take a statement in support signed by representatives of eight countries – the five republics of Central Asia, Afghanistan, Russia and the United States. The concept of the project participants sent in advance.

However, even at the stage of preparation for the summit, it became clear that Russia would not support the American initiative. The essence of the Russian claims to the American initiative, “Y” made it clear several interlocutors in the state bodies of Russia. All the matter proposed by the Americans riot.As planned by the United States, they must have very wide powers, and most importantly, full access to prompt and confidential information supplied to law enforcement agencies and intelligence services of the Central Asian countries. Moscow feared that this would give the U.S. an opportunity to gather sensitive information and then use these data to blackmail the government in the region. The U.S. itself all the accusations of political motives of its proposal categorically rejected (see interview with William Brownfield).

“Why create something new, if these countries are already in the organization’s structure, why would the Americans simply do not join them, if they really want to fight drug trafficking? Why do they insist on a bilateral dialogue with the Central Asian republics, pointedly ignoring Russia’s interests in the region The answer to these questions we have received, hence the question of the true background of the U.S. proposals “- said the” b “is one of the Russian negotiators in Vienna. “This new tool penetration into Central Asia, a way to strengthen the military-political influence of the United States in the region,” – said categorically, “b” another member of the delegation of the Russian Federation.

One criticism of the U.S. proposals are not confined to Russia. On the eve of the Vienna conference, representatives of the Russian Federation conducted a sensitization campaign with partners, describing the risks that might be for them in case the U.S. proposal. These arguments have had an effect even before the meeting in Vienna, many potential participants in the American initiative was given to understand that to participate in it are not going to. Sources of “b” in the Russian delegation did not rule out that this is why U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has refused to participate in this event by sending in his place his deputy, William Burns.

Nevertheless, the U.S. made a desperate attempt to convince the partners are in Vienna. According to “Kommersant”, U.S. officials were caught from Central Asia in the corridors, inviting them to a special meeting rooms, and then treated for a long time in the format of “one on one.” However, wishing to subscribe to the declaration of the result is still not found.

True, Washington has no intention of giving up. According to “Kommersant” William Brownfield, U.S. hopes to achieve the acceptance of his application in March.

Elena Chernenko, Vienna