U.S. to open representative office of Drug Enforcement Administration in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The new joint US-Ukraine project is expected to take effect this summer
09:20, 30 January 2020

Ukraine's Interior Ministry

The United States intends to open a representative office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Ukraine. This was discussed at a meeting between Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Jorgan K. Andrews, Ministry’s press service reports.

"The representative office of DEA Office on Anti-Crime is expected to be opened this summer, which will allow Ukrainian experts to join a team on combating international drug crime," the statement said.

According to Avakov, the work on a program to counter small drug trafficking on the streets of the country is now underway.

Related: How drugs get into Ukrainian pharmacies?

Andrews, in turn, thanked Avakov for working together and for his partnership, and expressed his hope that all the planned projects could be implemented in 2020.

As we reported earlier, the head of Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov and the Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Larisa Galadza discussed a strategic project. The main objective of the project is to improve security in Ukraine by supporting local strategic reform through the development of the police. 

The parties also discussed joint counteraction to drug trafficking, liberalization of the visa regime with Canada, as well as cooperation in the field of reforming the National Police and the National Guard.

Related: Why drug trafficking persists in Ukraine?

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