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Russia Calls on US to Expedite Destruction of Its Chemical Weapons

18.10.2017 18:25

A senior Russian diplomat has urged the US and other nations to follow Russia's example and decommission their chemical arsenals.

"We have inherited the world’s largest arsenal of such weapons of mass destruction, and we carried out a plan for its elimination in good faith", said Vladimir Yermakov, deputy head of the Foreign Ministry's Department for Weapons Control and Non-Proliferation.

Speaking before a session of the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, the diplomat reaffirmed Russia's commitment to honoring its obligations under international agreements.

"We call upon all nations that still possess chemical weapons to immediately follow Russia's example", he stressed.

"This concerns primarily the state that had initiated the convention and has always been the promoter of its ideas and now for some reason remains the owner of the largest stocks of chemical weapons", Yermakov added, referring to the US.

He also expressed bewilderment at the fact that the US, while possessing the world's largest chemical-weapons arsenal, had attempted "to cast a shadow on the great achievements of other countries, such as Syria".

Source: Russia Today