Source Pravda.Ru

Canada to assist in wargases destruction in Russia

On November 19 British and Canadian ambassadors will sign in Moscow a memorandum of mutual understanding. It intends assisting Russia in the destruction of its chemical arms stockpiles in its territory, reads the communique, which has come to hand at RIA Novosti from the Canadian embassy to the Russian Federation.

Canada will allocate 33 million Canadian dollars and the United Kingdom will assume management of the project.

The means will go to build an 18-kilometer railway outspur for the transportation of ammunition from the wargas depot to the destruction facility in Schuchye in the Kurgan region, the Ural federal district.

The project is part of the programme Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, adopted by the G8 leaders at the Kananaskis summit meeting in Canada in June 2002.

The programme is designed to give a backing to projects preventing weapons and materials of mass destruction from getting into the hands of terrorists. It obliges participant countries to allocate up to 20 billion American dollars for the implementation of such projects.