Russia’s last chemical weapons disposal site at Kizner in Udmurtia will destroy another 15-20 per cent of its remaining stocks of toxic compounds in 2016, the site’s commander, Yuriy Novoidarskiy has said, privately-owned Russian military news agency Interfax-AVN reported on 12 November. “Next year, 15-20 per cent of the remaining stocks will be destroyed,” he said, at a round-table discussion on chemical weapons disposal.
The state arms order for 2016 sets out disposal of an extra 100 tonnes of materials, up to 1,790 tonnes, he said, “making 2016 the most prodigious by tonnage”.
Completion of chemical weapon disposal at Kizner is due by December 2018, he said.
According to the Republic of Udmurtia’s construction ministry, Kizner holds stocks totalling 5,745 tonnes of munitions for tube and rocket artillery, phospo-organic war gases (Sarin, Soman and VX), nerve agents and Lewisite.