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European Union;Russia: Agreement on Illicit Drugs Signed

(June 7, 2013) On June 4, 2013, during a summit meeting between the European Union and Russia, representatives of the two sides signed a new agreement on the control of drug precursors. (Press Release, European Commission, Fight Against Illicit Drugs: EU Signs New Agreement with Russia (June 4, 2013), RAPID.) The European Commission statement describes drug precursors as chemicals that are primarily used for the making of many legitimate products, but that can also be used to manufacture illegal drugs. (Id.)

The agreement, which is in line with the 1988 United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances to which both the EU and Russia are parties, has a two-fold purpose: (1) to strengthen cooperation between the EU and Russia in their efforts to prevent precursor chemicals from being used in making illicit drugs; and (2) to assist the national competent authorities to exchange information on technical and scientific aspects of drug precursors and to ensure that they are used only for the production of legal pharmaceuticals, perfumes, plastic, and cosmetics. (Id.; United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, 1988, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) website (last visited June 6, 2013).)

The EU has already signed 11 such bilateral agreements with a number of countries, including Bolivia, China, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Turkey, and the United States. (Press Release, supra.)