Russia – EU expert dialogue on drugs was held on 4 December 2019 in Brussels. The Russian interagency delegation was led by Mr. Alexey Rogov, Deputy Director of the Department for New Challenges and Threats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The EU delegation was headed by Dr. Elina Kotovirta, Chair of the Horizontal Working Party on Drugs of the Council of the EU and Assistant to the Minister for Social Affairs and Health of Finland, currently holding the Presidency of the EU Council.
During the meeting the parties discussed respective drug policies, drug situation in Russia and EU Member States, drug demand reduction and health-related issues, as well as preparations for the 63rd session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (Vienna, March 2020).
The consultations reaffirmed closeness of the parties’ approaches towards main aspects of combating drug trafficking.