Russia destroys last batch of chemical weapons, blasts Trump for not following suit
President Vladimir Putin has announced Russia will destroy its last chemical weapons today in a 'historic event' and has criticized his American counterpart Donald Trump for not doing same.
In televised remarks broadcast by the Rossiya 24 TV channel, Putin complained that the United States had not fulfilled its own obligations to destroy chemical weapons, saying it had put off doing so three times citing a lack of financial resources.
“Russia strictly complies with its international obligations, including those related to non-proliferation and reductions of weapons of mass destruction,” Putin said.
“Historically Russia was one of the largest holders of chemical weapons and the US remains one. Unfortunately the US is not observing the deadline for disposing of its chemical weapons. They have pushed the date back three times, citing a lack of funding. This, frankly, sounds strange,” he added.
He added: 'Well okay, we expect the United States to carry out all of its obligations it has taken upon itself as part of international agreements just like other countries do.'
Putin’s criticism of the US came as the Russian chemical weapons disposal plant near the village of Kizner, Udmurtia, in the Urals destroyed the last remains of the Russian arsenal.