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Russia destroys last batch of chemical weapons, urges US to do same

Russia on Wednesday destroyed the last batch of its chemical weapons with President Vladimir Putin saying that “Russia strictly complies with its international obligations, including those related to non-proliferation and reductions of weapons of mass destruction”.

He added: “Historically Russia was one of the largest holders of chemical weapons and the US remains one. Unfortunately the US is not observing the deadline for disposing of its chemical weapons. They have pushed the date back three times, citing a lack of funding. This, frankly, sounds strange”.

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Putin’s criticism of the US came as the Russian chemical weapons disposal plant near the village of Kizner, Udmurtia, in the Urals destroyed the last remains of the Russian arsenal.

Russia began destroying its chemical weapons arsenal in 1996, shortly before ratifying its accession to the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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