“Today it is obvious that the case of the Skripals, the economic sanctions, and the story of chemical weapons produced and used in Syria, as well as subsequent missile strikes on the country, are all interrelated processes and events that are being directed by the United States and their so-called allies. And any sane person, having analyzed all the available information, it seems to me, will come to a similar conclusion,” RF Presidential Envoy to the Privolzhsky Federal District, ex-head of the State Commission for Chemical Disarmament Mikhail Babich said in an interview with Sputnik.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which provided and controlled the work of inspectors, is responsible for the destruction of chemical weapons in Russia, according to Babich. The OPCW is demonstrating “unusual modesty” in assessing Russia’s accusation in the case of the Skripals, although it previously confirmed the complete destruction of chemical weapons in Russia, he said.
“Legally, this is primarily the responsibility of the OPCW. For the entire period of the destruction of chemical weapons, and it amounts to almost 20 years, the OPCW has conducted 811 international inspections. Each of the seven facilities was inspected from 100 to 170 times during this period… this is an answer to the question of whether something could have gone unnoticed, not controlled, and whether someone could have shut out something. It’s impossible,” he emphasized.
According to Babich, the reputation of Russia as a liquidator of chemical weapons is “impeccable, it is impossible to undermine it,” as OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu in 2017 gave Russia an international certificate for the final completion of the chemical weapons destruction program and “thanked Vladimir Putin for solving this hardest problem.”
Between 2002 and 2017, about 40,000 tons of chemical weapons were destroyed in Russia. Seven modern production complexes were built in seven regions of Russia, especially for the liquidation. All the technologies used and all the unique equipment were developed by Russian scientists and engineers.
“During that period about 20,000 ammunition out of the total volume came to a state of emergency when a munition can trigger at any second, and the poisonous substance behaves quite unpredictably,” the ex-head of the State Commission for Chemical Disarmament noted.
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