Peru, Russia Agree to Cooperate Against Organized Crime

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On a visit to Lima, Russia’s foreign minister met with Peru’s new President Ollanta Humala and agreed to cooperate against drug trafficking, terrorism and trans-national organized crime.

Russian Minister Sergey Lavrov said that this would involve “technical-military cooperation to facilitate our joint struggle against drug trafficking and terrorism.”

The two countries signed a declaration stating that they had taken “concrete steps” to strengthen their relationship.

The visit followed controversy when Humala’s brother Alexis visited Russia in July and met with Lavrov, discussing potential Russian investment in Peruvian gas . The incoming president faced accusations of nepotism, and was forced to clarify that his brother was not an official representative.

Lavrov also visited El Salvador and Venezuela in his trip to Latin America.

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