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Media reports claim Latvia may dismantle last Soviet nuclear missile base

February 06, 16:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Special equipment will be used to dismantle the ex-Soviet base and the dismantling effort will cost around 190,000 euros, according to a news outlet

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Interior view of a pit with strategic missile

Interior view of a pit with strategic missile

© Alexandr Ovchinnikov/Fotokhronika TASS

MOSCOW, February 6. /TASS/. The last Soviet base near the town of Gulbene in northeast Latvia that once accommodated missiles with nuclear warheads will be dismantled, the web portal Delfi reported on Monday.

According to the web portal, the missile compound Dvina R-12 accommodates four silos 32 meters deep for the launch of missiles, and also an underground command center.

"In principle, this is an impressive 10-storey underground building divided by several levels and built of a very strong concrete," the web portal citied the owner of the company dealing with the compound’s dismantling.

Special equipment will be used to dismantle the ex-Soviet base and the dismantling effort will cost around 190,000 euros. The base is expected to be fully dismantled over six months, the web portal said.

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