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Soviet Ambassador Assures Germans No Chemical Weapons in East Germany

July 14, 1990

BONN, West Germany (AP) _ The Soviet Union has assured West Germany that no chemical weapons were stored on East German territory, the Foreign Ministry says.

The statement came after the conservative West German newspaper Berliner Morgenpost, citing unnamed West German government sources, said Tuesday that between 20,000 and 30,000 tons of toxic weapons were stored at six to eight top-secret locations in East Germany.

East German defense officials denied the newspaper report.

The Soviet response was delivered to the Foreign Ministry in Bonn by Soviet Ambassador Vladislav Terechov, a ministry spokesman said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity. He said the Soviets offered to allow inspections of any site considered suspect.

″The federal government is very satisfied about the quick reaction on the part of the Soviet Union,″ the spokesman added.