Russia, Nicaragua team up in drug war

(posted Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.)- The drug-war agreement signed between Nicaragua and Russia today could include a Russian-funded anti-narcotics training center in Nicaragua, according to media reports.

The agreement was signed today in Managua between Nicaraguan Police Chief Aminta Granera and Russian drug tsar Victor Ivanov, who is touring Central America and Mexico.

The agreement will focus on exchanging technical training, information, and coordinated operations against drugs and organized crime.

Next month, Nicaragua will send three police officials to Moscow for special training, and a team of Russian anti-narcotics specialists will travel to Nicaragua in June, according to Granera and Ivanov.

“Russia will send specialized professionals in the war against drugs to teach Nicaraguan police,” Ivanov said.