Russia scraps 90% of chemical weapons stock

The Russian Federation is fully honoring its international chemical disarmament obligations, head of the Federal Department for Safe Storage and Disposal of Chemical Weapons Col. Gen. Valery Kapashin told Interfax-AVN on Monday.

The Russian Federation is fully honoring its international chemical disarmament obligations, head of the Federal Department for Safe Storage and Disposal of Chemical Weapons Col. Gen. Valery Kapashin told Interfax-AVN on Monday.

"As of July 13, Russia has scrapped 35,972 out of 39,967 tonnes of warfare agents thereby passing the 90 percent threshold," Kapashin said.

"The process of chemical weapons disposal goes on as planned, under full control and most importantly in a safe manner," he said.

"We are fulfilling our obligations. A larger quantity of warfare agents has been scrapped than by the rest of member countries of the Chemical Weapons Convention. We stand for the efficient destruction of the remaining stock," Kapashin said.

In his words, chemical weapons stored at the Gorny plant in the Saratov region and the Kambarka plant in Udmurtia have been scrapped fully. The destruction of chemical weapons stored at another four plants - Leonidovka, Maradykovsky, Pochep and Shchuchye - will come to an end in 2015.

Kapashin said that over 99.97 percent of chemical weapons stock had been scrapped by Leonidovka in the Penza region, Maradykovsky in the Kirov region and Shchuchye in the Kurgan region.

The scrapping has reached 97.05 percent in Pochep in the Bryansk region and 34.41 percent in Kizner in the Republic of Udmurtia.

"We can definitely say that the national administration's task of scrapping the remaining 10 percent of chemical weapons stock - or almost 4,000 tonnes of warfare agents - will be accomplished in an exemplary manner," Kapashin said.

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