Russia to fully destroy its chemical weapons by 2020

The new deadlines for the destruction of chemical weapons in Russia have been approved, Mikhail Babich, chairman of the State Commission on Chemical Disarmament and presidential envoy in the Volga Federal District, said on Friday.

The new deadlines for the destruction of chemical weapons in Russia have been approved, Mikhail Babich, chairman of the State Commission on Chemical Disarmament and presidential envoy in the Volga Federal District, said on Friday.

"In 2014, we revised our approached to our international obligations, submitted our proposals to the Russian president, and they were approved. After that, we worked with the executive committee of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and other our international partners and approved new time frameworks for the implementation of the state chemical weapons destruction program on all international sites. The deadline is year 2020," Babich said.

Babich said Russia will fulfill its obligations to destroy its chemical arsenals by 2020.

In 2016, Russia will have one facility where the destruction of toxic substances will continue, Babich said. "We will fulfill our international obligations," he said.

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