Russia resumes scrapping of chemical weapons

Five Russian plants scrapping chemical weapons resumed operation on January 14 after maintenance.

Five Russian plants scrapping chemical weapons resumed operation on January 14 after maintenance.

Head of the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry's Federal Department for Safe Storage and Disposal of Chemical Weapons Col. Gen. Valery Kapashin ordered that the process be resumed.

"This year is vital for the Russian Federation's fulfillment of its commitments under the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction. At the end of 2015 another four facilities will add to the Gorny plant in the Saratov region and the Kambarka plant in the Udmurtia Republish which fully accomplished their mission of scrapping warfare materials in 2005 and 2009," Kapashin told Interfax-AVN on Thursday.

He said the chemical weapons stock would be fully destroyed by the Leonidovka plant in the Penza region, the Maradykovsky plant in the Kirov region, the Pochep plant in the Bryansk region and the Shchuchye plant in the Kurgan region by September-December 2015.

"Only the seventh Russian plant in the town of Kizner in the Udmurtia Republic, which was the last to be commissioned in December 2013, will carry on the destruction of chemical weapons after that," Kapashin said.

As of January 1, 2015, Russia has safely destroyed approximately 34,000 tonnes of warfare materials, 85 percent of its entire stock. "The amount of destroyed chemical weapons will grow to 36,500 tonnes or 91.2 percent by December 31, 2015," he noted.

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