28 Sep 2017 19:38

About 4.4 mln chemical munitions destroyed in Russia over 15 years

IZHEVSK. Sept 28 (Interfax-AVN) - About 4.4 million rounds of chemical weapons have been eliminated at the chemical weapons disposal facilities in Russia, the Federal Directorate for safe storage and destruction of chemical weapons said in its materials.

"Overall, about 4.4 million chemical munitions have been destroyed in Russia," the statement said.

If all these munitions were put around the equator, they would be located at a distance of less than ten meters from each other, it said.

"Only domestic technologies were applied while destroying warfare agents," it also said.

Russia has completed the destruction of all its chemical weapons stocks, that is, 39,967 tonnes of toxic agents, on Wednesday. These ammunitions have been eliminated at seven facilities in the country. The first one in the Gorny populated locality in the Saratov region was launched in December 2002.