Russia will destroy all its chemical weapons by end of 2017

2016-10-27 15:49
Containers of Syrian chemical weapons are transferred from a Danish freighter to a US military ship ahead of their destruction at sea in the port of Gioia Tauro, southern Italy. (Mario Laporta, AFP)

Containers of Syrian chemical weapons are transferred from a Danish freighter to a US military ship ahead of their destruction at sea in the port of Gioia Tauro, southern Italy. (Mario Laporta, AFP)

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Moscow – A top Russian official says Russia will destroy all of its chemical weapons by the end of 2017, a year earlier than previously announced.

Colonel-General Valery Kapashin, a military official in charge of storage and elimination of Russia's chemical stockpiles, told news agencies on Thursday that the remaining weapons will have been disposed of by December 2017.

As a signatory of the international Chemical Weapons Convention, Russia already has destroyed about 93% of its chemical weapons, according to Russian officials.

Russia had to build several plants in the past two decades to dispose of the world's largest chemical weapons arsenal.

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