A little while back we saw this new rhetoric coming on, and as expected, Russia is beginning to pile it on with the Narco NATO talk. Lacking any other dispute, this will likely be Russia’s obligatory confrontation with the West, like the Georgia of 2010. From Reuters:
“The conditions for drug trafficking are not being removed. This is the problem,” Vladimir Pronichev, the head of Russia’s border guard service told a meeting of security officials in Tajikistan.
“I do not understand the goal of the counter-terrorist operation,” he said. “Everything happening in Afghanistan today is questionable because we see a growth in drug trafficking.”