Russia disposes of over 80 percent of its chemical weapons - official

The Russian Federal Directorate for the Safe Storage and Destruction of Chemical Weapons, which marks its 22nd anniversary on Friday, has successfully been tackling the task of disposing of the country's toxic agent stockpiles.

The Russian Federal Directorate for the Safe Storage and Destruction of Chemical Weapons, which marks its 22nd anniversary on Friday, has successfully been tackling the task of disposing of the country's toxic agent stockpiles.

"The historic task set by the state to purge the country of warfare chemicals has been tackled with honor and, what counts most, safely. By the end of August 2014, enterprises of the Federal Directorate had disposed of more than 82 percent of Russia's existing stockpiles of chemical weapons," the directorate's head Col. Gen. Valery Kapashin told Interfax-AVN on Friday.

Over this period of time, all seven chemical arms disposal facilities have been built and put into operation - in the village of Gorny, Saratov region, in 2002, in the village of Kambarka, the Republic of Udmurtia, in 2006, in the village of Mirny, Kirov region, in 2006, in the village of Leonidovka, Penza region, in 2008, in the village of Shchyuchye, Kurgan region, in 2009, in the village of Pochep, Bryansk region, in 2010, and in the village of Kizner, the Republic of Udmurtia, in 2013, he said.

"This task has already been accomplished at the first two enterprises - all chemical weapons from the local stockpiles have been destroyed. As for another four enterprises, this process has already entered its final stages there - from 90 percent to 99 percent of the local chemical arms stockpiles have been destroyed. Seven percent of chemical weapons have been disposed of at the last enterprise [in the village of Kizner]," Kapashin said.

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