Drugs infest Europe via Turkey, Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service chief said.
Large shipments of Afghan heroin are transited through Turkey into the Balkan states and on into the European Union, the head of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service said Monday.
“In this case, the trafficking of oil coincides with the trafficking of narcotics, only they are being sent to different directions. If Afghan heroin is passing through Turkish territory and further on to the territories of the Balkan states and then on to the European Union, then oil is flowing into Turkey,” Viktor Ivanov told journalists.
Ivanov said that drugs from Afghanistan generate profits estimated at $150 billion annually for the people involved in the operations with them, adding that Turkey was being used to transit Afghan heroin, as well as for smuggled oil.
Earlier in December, Moscow pointed to Turkey’s complicity in the trade of oil from fields seized by the Islamic State (IS, or Daesh in Arabic) militant group, which is outlawed in Russia, which it claims in being smuggled across the porous Turkey-Syria border.