OPCW Deputy Director-General Visits Russia to Mark Closure of Kizner Chemical Weapons Destruction Facility

Friday, 29 September 2017

OPCW Deputy Director-General Hamid Ali Rao speaking at a ceremony on the completion of operations at the Kizner Chemical Weapons Destruction Facility in the Udmurt Republic. This also marks the completion of the full destruction of the 39,967 metric tons of chemical weapons that had been possessed by the Russian Federation.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – 29 September 2017 – At the invitation of the Government of the Russian Federation, Deputy Director-General Hamid Ali Rao, on behalf of the OPCW, participated today in a ceremony on the completion of operations at the Kizner Chemical Weapons Destruction Facility in the Udmurt Republic. This also marks the completion of the full destruction of the 39,967 metric tons of chemical weapons that had been possessed by the Russian Federation.

The Deputy Director-General attended a video conference with President of the Russian Federation, H.E. Mr Vladimir Putin; together with Presidential Envoy to the Volga Federal District and Chairman of the State Commission for Chemical Disarmament, Mr Mikhail Babich; Minister of Industry and Trade, Mr Denis Manturov; and the Head of the Federal Directorate for Safe Storage and Disposal of Chemical Weapons, General Valery Kapashin.

The Closing Ceremony at Kizner was attended by high-ranking officials and representatives of the State Commission for Chemical Disarmament and various ministries and agencies of the Russian Federation. Also present were representatives of the States Parties that assisted the Russian Federation with its destruction programme.

Ambassador Rao acknowledged the efforts of the Russian Government to destroy its entire stockpile in a safe and efficient manner.  He also recognised the important financial and in-kind contributions made by other OPCW Member States in support of these efforts.

Since this facility was commissioned in December 2013, a dedicated team of specialists and support staff from both the Russian facility personnel and Technical Secretariat have carried out the challenging task of destroying and then verifying a large portion of Russia’s chemical weapons legacy, more than 5,745 metric tonnes of chemical agents, including sarin, soman, VX and lewisite were rendered unusable in Kizner. This facility was responsible for the destruction of almost 2,187,000 munitions in various calibres.

With the completion of Russian chemical weapon destruction activities at Kizner, 96.3 per cent of all chemical weapon stockpiles declared by possessor States have been destroyed under OPCW verification. For its extensive efforts in eliminating chemical weapons, the OPCW received the 2013 Nobel Prize for Peace.

Background

As the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, the OPCW oversees the global endeavour to permanently eliminate chemical weapons. Since the Convention’s entry into force in 1997 – with its 192 States Parties – it is the most successful disarmament treaty eliminating an entire class of weapons of mass destruction. 

More Information

Media Inquiries

OPCW Public Affairs
Johan de Wittlaan 32, 2517 JR
The Hague, The Netherlands
+31 70 416 32 42
public.affairs@opcw.org
www.opcw.org
Follow OPCW on:


Categories: Deputy Director-General, Disarmament

For further information, please contact OPCW Public Affairs. +31 (0) 70 416 3242, public.affairs@opcw.org | ORGANISATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS, Johan de Wittlaan 32, 2517 JR The Hague, The Netherlands

Follow OPCW on Facebook and Twitter.

More news

OPCW Fact-Finding Mission Visits Second Site in Douma, Syria

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 25 April 2018 — The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) deployed to Damascus on 14 April 2018 to gather facts in connection with the reported use of chemical weapons in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic on 7 April 2018....25 April 2018Full story

H.E. Ms Eksiri Pintaruchi (Thailand)

H.E. Ms Eksiri Pintaruchi, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Thailand to the OPCW, presented her credentials to the Director-General on 25 April 2018.25 April 2018Full story

OPCW Fact-Finding Mission Team Visits Douma, Syria

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 21 April 2018 —The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) team of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited one of the sites in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic today to collect samples for...21 April 2018Full story

First Responders from Asia Enhance Chemical Emergency Response Capabilities

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 20 April 2018 — First Responders from Asia enhanced their capabilities in emergency response to chemical incidents during a regional basic training course held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 9-13 April. The...20 April 2018Full story

Experts from Asia Share Best Practices on Chemical Safety and Security Management

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – 20 April 2018 – Experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Asian Member States shared their knowledge and fortified their skills in a Workshop on Needs Assessment and...20 April 2018Full story

OPCW Helps Build Capacity of National Authorities for Effective Implementation of Chemical Weapons Convention

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 20 April 2018 — Representatives of National Authorities and other institutions improved their knowledge and capacity to work together to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), during a training...20 April 2018Full story

Media Alert: Update on the Deployment of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission to Douma, Syria

Update by the Director-General on the Deployment of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission to Douma, Syrian Arab Republic, to the Executive Council at its Fifty-Ninth Meeting. On Monday, I advised the Council on the work being undertaken...18 April 2018Full story

Media Alert: OPCW's Director-General's Update to the 59th Executive Council Meeting on Salisbury Incident

The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, updated the OPCW Executive Council about the Salisbury incident at its 59th meeting. On 4 April I updated the...18 April 2018Full story

Brunei Moves Closer to Enacting National Legislation on the Chemical Weapons Convention

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - 17 April 2018 – Brunei Darussalam made further progress in its implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) by creating a plan to establish a National Authority and draft implementing...17 April 2018Full story

OPCW Director-General’s Statement on the 58th Executive Council Meeting on Syria

The OPCW Executive Council met today to discuss the allegations about the use of chemical weapons in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic on Saturday 7 April 2018. The Director-General welcomes that all Delegations that took the floor...16 April 2018Full story

Displaying 1 to 10 of 1892
<< First < Previous 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 Next > Last >>