Russia Denies Extending Chem Demil Project

A senior Russian official on Tuesday denied that the government needed an additional five years to complete disposal of its chemical weapons arsenal, Interfax reported.

Russian news reports earlier this month indicated that demilitarization of 44,000 tons of chemical warfare materials might continue to 2020, five years past the planned end date declared by Moscow.

"There are no immediate plans to prolong the time frame for disposing of our nuclear weapons," said Viktor Kholstov, head of the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry's conventional obligations branch. He told Interfax the previous reports "are not true."

Russia to date has eliminated close to 73 percent of its arsenal, about 32,000 tons of chemical agents. It missed the April 2012 deadline set under the Chemical Weapons Convention for scrapping the stockpile.

April 17, 2013
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A senior Russian official on Tuesday denied that the government needed an additional five years to complete disposal of its chemical weapons arsenal, Interfax reported.

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