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Russia Authorizes $1.5 Billion More for Chemical Arms Destruction
Russia has authorized approximately $1.54 billion in new funds for a program dedicated to destroying the nation's chemical weapons, Interfax reported on Thursday (see GSN, March 14).
The additional funding is to be spent between now and the close of 2015, State Chemical Disarmament Commission Chairman Mikhail Babich said at a commission meeting.
Moscow has said it intends to have all of its original stockpile of 40,000 metric tons of chemical warfare agents eliminated before 2015 is over. As of the end of April, Russia had destroyed 62 percent of its chemical stockpile, according to previous reports.
"Updated parameters of the federal program have been approved by the Finance Ministry and other departments," Babich was quoted by Interfax as saying. "We must complete the mission" no later than the end of 2015, he added.
The newly allocated funding is to be used on supporting structures for the areas surrounding chemical disarmament facilities, Babich said.
"We have a consolidated position with the authorities in regions, where the plants are situated," the official stated.
"The after-effects of the disposal of chemical weapons will be cleaned up within five years, and the plants may [then] be used for civilian purposes," the chairman said (Interfax, June 28).
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