Russian Federation to destroy last chemical weapons on Wednesday, ahead of schedule

The program for chemical weapon destruction at Kizner facility Udmurtia

'This is a huge step towards making the modern world more balanced and safe'.

"Russia strictly complies with its worldwide obligations, including those related to non-proliferation and reductions of weapons of mass destruction", Putin said, RT reported.

US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017.

The president spoke during an online video conference with Russia's last storage facility in Kizner, the republic of Udmurtia, in the Volga Federal District, where the remaining stockpile of the country's chemical weapons had been kept and disposed on Wednesday upon the presidential order.

Russian Federation and the United States amassed huge stocks of chemical weapons during the Cold War, but had agreed to destroy them after joining the 1997 convention by April 2012.

"Historically Russia was one of the largest holders of chemical weapons and the U.S. remains one".

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A Russian military officer showing a Scud missile of the type that Soviet forces filled with nerve agents and stored in seven chemical weapons arsenals in this June, 2001 file picture. "The completion of the verified destruction of Russia's chemical weapons program is a major milestone in the achievement of the goals of the Chemical Weapons Convention", he said.

It says over 96 per cent of the stockpiles declared by the conventions 192 participants have been destroyed.

Putin noted that Russian Federation wrapped up the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpiles ahead of schedule, adding that the effort underlined the nation's commitment to nonproliferation efforts.

The OPCH, the watchdog of the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), marks its 20th anniversary this year. "We expect the USA, as well as other nations, to fulfill all their obligations", he said.

At the moment, there are two sites in America still storing chemical weapons. It relied on the USA and other Western aid in the early phases of the program, but later came to fund the effort from its own coffers as the Russian economy rebounded.

"Russia has fulfilled the undertaken obligations to dispose of all of its stockpiles of this deadly type of weapons - about 40,000 tons ahead of schedule", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Russia's news agency, TASS.


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