Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed the importance of opposing any alterations to UN anti-drug conventions’ provisions while speaking at the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

“Attempts of some countries to rewrite the provisions of international anti-drug law raise deep concern and by that ‘open gateways’ for the legalisation of drugs. We will decisively and step by step oppose ‘experiments’ of such kind,” he said.

The Russian top diplomat expressed confidence in finding mutual ground between the efforts of the UN and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in combating drugs.

Last year, Canada became the second country after Uruguay to legalise the possession and use of cannabis for recreational purposes.

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