Russia has become the first country in the world to destroy all of its chemical weapons, with the very last of its cache set to be destroyed by the end of 2017.
According to the head of Russia’s Federal Administration for the Safe Storage and Destruction of Chemical Weapons, Major General Valery Kapashin, only one percent of Russia’s chemical weapons stockpile is left to be destroyed.
Some “99 percent of the chemical weapons stored in Russia have been destroyed,” Major Kapashin said.
Rt.com reports: The remaining 400 tons of weaponized chemicals is currently “at the last facility in operation to store and destroy the chemical weapons, in the Kizner village in the Udmurt region,” Kapashin added.
Consequently, Russia meets the conditions stipulated in the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which it joined 20 years ago.
In compliance with the document, Russia got rid of the first batch of its chemical weapons, one percent, in 2003. Four years later, 20 percent had been destroyed and, by 2009, Russia was ahead of schedule, having disposed of 45 percent of its chemical weapons.
“We’re finishing Stage Four a year earlier, too, and will destroy all 100 percent of the chemical weapons stockpile by the end of 2017, not 2018,” Kapashin concluded, speaking to Interfax.
The Federal Administration for the Safe Storage and Destruction of Chemical Weapons is in no rush, however, the official said, noting that it won’t “allow any breaches in the process discipline” when eliminating the remainder.
According to Kapashin, accumulating experience, making suggested improvements, and reliable state technology have all sped up the process used for destroying the weapons.