Russia has destroyed over 70 percent of declared chemical weapons - official

Russia has destroyed over 70 percent of all declared stockpiles of chemical weapons, Viktor Kholstov, the director of the Industry and Trade Ministry's convention commitments implementation department, said in an interview with Interfax-AVN on Wednesday.

The international Chemical Weapons Convention signed by 180 countries, including Russia and the United States, took effect in 1997.

"As of today, we have destroyed more chemical weapons than all the other signatories to the convention. This is more than 29,000 tonnes, or more than 73 percent of the overall stockpiles declared by Russia," Kholstov said.

"While we have destroyed 25,000 tonnes of chemical weapons in the past 10 years, we have destroyed 4,000 tonnes of chemical weapons in the past year alone, which shows the scope of the disposal of this type of weapons in this country," he said.

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