MOSCOW, October 29. Russia has destroyed so far more than 90% accumulated since the Soviet era chemical weapons stockpiles and fully intends to eliminate the remaining Arsenal in the next five years. This was reported in an interview with the Director of the Department for non-proliferation and arms control, the Russian foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov.
“Russia is approaching confidently to perform its obligations under the Convention on the prohibition of the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and on their destruction, he said. – Already destroyed nearly 92 percent of those arsenals that have remained from the times of the Soviet Union when the Convention was first being developed. To completely destroy its chemical Arsenal, we shall no later than 2020”.
Russia believes that the process of chemical demilitarisation of Syria virtually complete, said the foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation.
The U.S. may be the last among the countries participating in the Convention on the elimination of chemical weapons in the performance of its obligations under this document, says Mikhail Ulyanov.
“The U.S. is also increasingly moving to the implementation of the Convention, but, most likely, will be probably the last country that will fail to meet its obligations, – the diplomat noted. – They have a completion set for 2023. Now they are building additional facilities for the destruction of the remaining chemical weapons”.