LIMA, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Peru and Russia Monday signed a cooperation agreement on battling drug trafficking, Director of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service Victor Ivanov said in Lima.
The agreement was signed by Ivanov, currently on an official visit to Peru, and Carmen Masias, president of Peru's National Commission for Development and a Drug-Free Life.
Under the agreement, Russia would help the Andean nation train anti-drug officers and offer technology exchanges to bolster security operations along roads and waterways, Ivanov said.
"This is the culmination of what our two countries agreed to do last year, during my first visit to Peru, and it will allow us to send Russian specialists to train Peruvian officers," said Ivanov.
Ivanov praised the integral anti-drug strategy of Peru's government led by President Ollanta Humala, saying it embodied social programs as well as preventive measures.
Crime-fighting measures alone were not enough to eradicate drug trafficking, said Ivanov, adding an effective strategy must contain social programs that improve the lives of Peru's farmers and gradually turn them away from growing the coca plants.
Masias commended the fruitful bilateral ties between Peru and Russia, saying they would grow stronger through anti-drug cooperation.
The Peruvian official said the agreement would help strengthen information exchange on the trafficking of illegal substances and the monitoring of drug trafficking in both countries.
During his two-day trip to Peru, Ivanov will also give a training course to the officers of the National Anti-Drug Office.