Russia destroys 80% of its chemical weapons arsenal
12 May 2014, 12:34 -- Russia accomplishes its international commitments in the field of chemical weapons destruction in full and on schedule.
'As of May 12, Russia had scrapped 31,974 tons out of 40,000 tons of warfare chemical agents. Thus, the 80 percent threshold has been crossed,' head of the Federal Department for Safe Storage and Disposal of Chemical Weapons Col. Gen. Valery Kapashin said on Monday.
Symbolically, the result was achieved during celebrations of the 69th anniversary of victory over the Nazis, he said.
Russian Presidential Representative to the Volga Federal District Mikhail Babich said earlier, 'As of April 1, 2014, Russia had destroyed almost 31,500 tons of chemical weapons or almost 79 percent of all stock held in the country.'
According to Kapashin, Russia is implementing the federal target program of chemical weapons disposal without delays. The last, 7th, chemical arms disposal plant was launched in Kizner, Udmurtia, on December 19, 2013. Same as in the previous years, the 2013 state defense orders were fulfilled ahead of schedule, he said.
'We have yet to launch a line for scrapping complex munitions in Shchuchye and the second facility scrapping artillery chemical munitions in Kizner and to finalize the construction of waste storage sites and some other sites in order to complete the chemical disarmament program. But we can already say there are no impediments to the completion of Russia's international commitments in the field of chemical disarmament,' Kapashin said, Interfax reports.
Russia began to destroy its chemical weapons stock in December 2002, when the first plant was started up in Gorny, Saratov region.
Another two facilities were launched in Kambarka, Udmurtia, and Mirny, Kirov region, in 2006. The Leonidovka plant (Penza region) was launched in 2008, the Shchuchye plant (Kurgan region) in 2009 and the Pochep plant (Bryansk region) in 2010.
'Chemical arms' scrapping is over in Gorny and Kambarka. Maradykovsky and Leonidovka have destroyed over 99 percent of the stock, and the indicators stand at 91 percent in Shchuchye and 74 percent in Pochep,' Kapashin said.
The scrapping technologies, including techniques of scrapping complex munitions, were devised by Russian scientists in collaboration with specialists of the federal department, he said. Complex munitions contain warfare agents and anti-disturbance explosives.
Russia was the first to introduce complex munitions scrapping techniques. Leonidovka and Maradykovsky have been successfully using them for a year.
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