Russia has destroyed the first 10 metric tons of lewisite from its stockpile at the Gorny chemical weapons disposal plant, ITAR-Tass reported yesterday (see GSN, Nov. 25, 2003).
The plant’s operations are monitored by experts from outside Russia, according to Igor Chistyakov, the deputy director of the regional information and analysis center for safeguarding and destruction of chemical weapons.
Chistyakov also said that the plant is operating safely.
“All ecological parameters are normal,” he said.
Russia is on track to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile by 2012, according to Alexander Kharichev, an adviser to the chief of the governmental commission for chemical disarmament (ITAR-Tass, Jan. 5).