Russia to destroy all its chemical weapons by end of 2017

Moscow—A top Russian official says Russia will destroy all of its chemical weapons by the end of next year, a year earlier than previously announced. Col.-Gen. Valery Kapashin, a military official in charge of storage and elimination of Russia’s chemical stockpiles, told news agencies on Thursday that the remaining weapons will have been disposed of by December 2017. As a signatory of the international Chemical Weapons Convention, Russia already has destroyed about 93 percent of its chemical weapons, according to Russian officials.—AP

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