Russia has decided to give the United States the cold shoulder in the drug war by dropping U.S. help in fighting drug trafficking. The action follows the U.S. passage of the Magnitsky Act, which, according to the Washington Post, “imposes visa and financial sanctions on corrupt Russian officials.” Russia responded to the passage of the acty by banning U.S. adoptions. The U.S. then left a Russian-American civil society group, and Russia subsequently announced it was withdrawing from the intergovernmental agreement to work together to fight drug trafficking.
The agreement enabled Russian and American judicial officials to travel back and forth between the two countries to foster international cooperation in the war on drugs. According to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in a statement, the agreement “does not address current realities and has exhausted its potential.”
“This is our course toward getting rid of some dependence on the U.S.,” said Alexei Pushkov, head of the international affairs committee in parliament’s lower house. The U.S. State Department countered by calling Russia’s decision “self-defeating.”
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