Destruction of Syrian chemical weapons will cost $300-400 million - expert
The cost of a program to destroy Syria's chemical weapons may be in the millions of dollars, Zinoviy Pak, former defense industry minister and former general director of the Russian Ammunition Agency, which launched the chemical disarmament process in Russia, said.
"If Syria really has thousands of tonnes of weaponized toxic substances, it will cost $300-400 million to destroy them, bearing in mind that primarily indications of toxic substances will be eliminated. No more than that. However, that figure doesn't take corruption into account. If corruption is involved, the figure could double or even triple. This estimate is also only accurate if no terrorist attacks occur and dependant upon the condition that those charged with the weapons' disposal are not persecuted," Pak told Interfax-AVN on Thursday.
The cost of the program to destroy Syria's chemical weapons can be determined more precisely after the Syrian authorities announce what weapons they have and the number of those weapons, he said.
"If it's containers containing toxic substances, it's one thing, and if it's filled with ammunition, it's another thing. If they possess complex cluster ammunition, which I almost don't believe is possible, the cost will be different and the amount of time needed for its destruction will be different," Pak said.