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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S., Russia in Chemical Arms Talks

Russian and U.S. officials held talks Tuesday on a plan that calls for the Americans to help finance Moscow's destruction of its huge chemical weapons stockpiles.

Yury Baturin, secretary of the Russian Defense Council, and John Holum, head of the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, discussed a plan that calls for the United States to allocate $76.3 million this year to help Russia rid itself of chemical weapons, Interfax reported.

"It's important that this aid be of a long-term nature, and that the money granted be invested directly in the construction of facilities for eliminating chemical weapons,'' it quoted Baturin as saying.

The two sides have reached an understanding that the U.S. aid will be spent on building a dismantling facility in the village of Schuche in southern Russia's Kurgan region.