Russian Officials Sign Historic Memorandum
(Arlington, VA) – Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Karen P. Tandy and the Russian Federation Director of the Federal Drug Control Service(FSKN), Viktor V. Cherkesov, today signed a Memorandum of Mutual Understanding (MMU) at DEA Headquarters in Arlington, VA., to express cooperation in combating illegal worldwide drug trafficking.
This agreement between the United States (U.S.) and the Russian Federation recognizes the need for international cooperation in combating illegal drugs and their precursor chemicals. These cooperative efforts include intelligence sharing, training, and assistance in disrupting and dismantling large criminal organizations that affect the drug trade in both the U.S. and Russia.
“There are nearly 5,000 miles and eight time zones between DEA and FSKN Headquarters, but in both our countries, we feel and fight the same ravages of drug abuse,” DEA Administrator Tandy said. “In the global fight against drugs, the challenges we see in the U.S. are often identical to those faced in Russia. This Memorandum of Mutual Understanding provides a formal basis for enhanced coordination between our two agencies, as we seek to assist the Russian Federal Drug Control Service towards our common goal of identifying and dismantling international drug trafficking organizations.”