The West will help Russia to disarm chemicallythe Chairman of state commission on chemical disarmament Sergey Kirienko has declared yesterday in London that Great Britain will allocate almost $18 million for building in Russia the enterprises for destruction of the chemical weapon. The financial help in the similar project was promised also by Washington.
mister Kirienko now makes a trip on a number of the countries where represents to the western partners the new Russian program of destruction of the chemical weapon according to which definitive term of liquidation of the Russian arsenals is transferred for five years, since 2007 on 2012 - j. (The Federal target program “ Destruction of stocks of the chemical weapon “ has been accepted by the Russian government in the beginning of July.) This voyage will come to the end on September, 25th in the Hague where there will pass regular session of executive council of the Organization on prohibition of the chemical weapon. The official presentation of the program which international financing the plenipotentiary of the president in Kirienko`s Privolzhsky federal district tries to achieve now there should take place.
total amounts of stocks of fighting poison gases in Russia make 40 thousand t. They are concentrated in seven arsenals five of which are located in territory of Privolzhsky federal district. The total amount of budgetary expenses for their liquidation should exceed 90 mlrd rbl.
from Great Britain, the USA and Germany Moscow expects to receive the basic means for building of factories on chemical weapon liquidation in Pike (Kurgan region), Kambarke (Udmurtiya) and the Forge (Saratov region). The object First stage in Mountain should be handed over next year: The European Union has already allocated about 6 million euro for building of this factory, and Germany - about $30 million on purchase for it the process equipment. And yesterday mister Kirienko at a meeting with the Minister of Defence of Great Britain Jeffrey Hunom (Geoffrey Hoon) has secured with the consent to allocation of 12 million pounds sterling ($17,618 million) on factory building in settlement Pike.
in the meantime the general director of the Russian agency on ammunition of Zinovy Pak has carried on in Washington negotiations for rendering of the financial help to Moscow for building of one more object on chemical weapon destruction. Washington, in particular, was obliged to finance factory building on destruction of the chemical weapon by productivity 500 t in a year. By estimations American genpodrjadchika, companies Parsons, on building of the first stage of object This work is required about $600 million should be finished by 2004.
ELENA - ALEKSEEVA, Nizhni Novgorod; IVAN - SAFRONOV