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Russia opens WMD disposal plant

June 02, 2009

Russia has opened a facility in the Ural Mountains that will decommission vast stocks of its chemical weapons.

It has been part-funded by the US as part of a programme to dismantle what was the world's biggest arsenal of chemical and biological weapons.
The factory at Shchuchye is to dispose of 5,500 tonnes of chemical weapons, including the nerve gases VX and Sarin.
The gases will be neutralised, before being sent for long-term storage in concrete-lined underground bunkers.

Scientists and officials from Russia, the US, the UK, France and Canada attended Friday's ceremony to open the Shchuchye chemical weapons decommissioning facility, which is the size of a small town.

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