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Chemical Weapons Destroyed in Russian Bryansk Region

No spills of chemical agents have been registered during the five years of work, TASS reported.

The largest of Russia's stockpiles of chemical weapons has been destroyed at a site in the western Bryansk region, TASS news agency reported Thursday.

The disposal site in the town of Pochep planned to host a festive ceremony later in the day to celebrate the completion of five years of work destroying chemical munitions, a spokesperson for Russia's Federal Agency for the Safe Storage and Destruction of Chemical Weapons was quoted as saying.

In all, more than 67 tons of chemical air-delivered munitions have been destroyed in Pochep since work began in 2010, the spokesperson said, TASS reported. This included nearly 7.5 tons of nerve agents Sarin, Soman and VX-type chemical agents, the report said.

No spills of chemical agents have been registered during the five years of work, TASS reported.

About 92 percent of Russia's chemical weapons arsenal had been destroyed by the start of October, according to the agency, TASS reported.

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