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Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has blamed U.S. policy in Afghanistan for the spread of HIV and AIDS in Russia and Western countries, reports Reuters.According to the Moscow Times, Lavrov, speaking at a conference on communicable diseases in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region, blamed America’s reluctance to eradicate the poppy crop in Afghanistan on the current spread of the virus.
The U.S. abandoned attempts to completely eradicate the crop in 2009 when it decided that it was doing little harm to Taliban insurgents. Lavrov is now complaining that the spread of heroin, made from that poppy crop, is proliferating the spread of AIDS around Russia and the rest of Europe.
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