BRUSSELS -- NATO and Russia began a project on Thursday to fight drug trafficking from Afghanistan, extending their growing military links into the fight against organized crime, the two sides said.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference that they had discussed "countering threats to security, including terrorism, drugs and organized crime" at a routine meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at NATO headquarters.
"We ... agreed today to launch a pilot project on counternarcotics training for Afghan and Central Asian personnel," the council said in a statement.
The statement did not say how many personnel would benefit from training under the project.
NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said the alliance would help set up a training center near Moscow as part of its contribution.