Russia launches new chemical weapons destruction facility
Updated: 2006-09-09 14:03 Russia launched its third
chemical weapons destruction plant on Friday as part of the plans to scrap its
stockpile of toxins by 2012.
The new facility in Maradykovo, a town some 800 km northeast of Moscow, is
expected to eliminate 4,000 tons of toxic agents stored in aerial bombs and
missile warheads by April 2007.
Speaking at the ceremony marking the startup of the plant, Federal Industry
Agency chief Viktor Kholstov said Russia is on track to meet its target of
destroying the 40,000 tons of toxic agents from Soviet times, the Itar-Tass news
By international agreement, Russia is to destroy all its chemical weapons by
Kholstov said 1,143 tons of mustard gas and lewisite have been destroyed at
Gorny, Russia's first chemical weapons destruction plant, and 1,500 tons of
toxic agents were eliminated at the second complex in Kambarka, where another
2,000 tons are to be destroyed.