Russia to destroy all chemical weapons by end of 2017
Russia will destroy all of its chemical weapons by the end of next year - a year earlier than previously announced, officials say.
Colonel General Valery Kapashin, a military official in charge of storage and elimination of Russia's chemical stockpiles, told news agencies 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% of its chemical weapons, according to Russian officials.
Russia had to build several plants in the past two decades to dispose of the world's largest chemical weapons arsenal.