Russia yesterday convened a special session of the UN Security Council to address allegations of bioweapons production in US laboratories in Ukraine. But the Western countries smashed all allegations.
Western countries accused Russia of spreading “wild” conspiracy theories at the United Nations on Friday, after Moscow’s envoy told diplomats that the United States and Ukraine had been researching the use of bats for biological warfare. An accusation made earlier in relation to Covid-19 against China and the (US co-financed) laboratory in Wuhan.
Moscow convened a meeting of the 15-member Security Council to back up its earlier claims repeatWashington funded biological weapons research in Ukraine. Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, said Kyiv operates a network of 30 laboratories conducting “very dangerous biological experiments” aimed at transferring “viral pathogens” from bats to humans. The causative agents included the plague, anthrax, cholera and other deadly diseases, Nebenzia said in Russian without providing evidence. “Experiments were conducted to study the spread of dangerous diseases using active parasites such as lice and fleas,” he told diplomats.
In a way, this was reminiscent of Colin Powell and his vial at the UN General Assembly just before the United States and its allies invaded Iraq. At the time, the Americans accused Saddam Hussein of researching weapons of mass destruction. However, no facilities for this were found at that time, nor any evidence of planning the production of such laboratories. In Ukraine, however, there is a whole network of biolaboratories that are co-funded by the United States and some are run independently. And when the Americans invaded Iraq, there were no international sanctions against Washington.
Washington and Kyiv, meanwhile, have denied the existence of biological weapons laboratories in the country. Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, told the meeting that the UN had “no knowledge of a biological weapons program in Ukraine”. British Ambassador to the UN Barbara Woodward said Russia used the Security Council to promote “a series of wild, totally baseless and irresponsible conspiracy theories”. “Let me put it diplomatically: this is utter nonsense. There is not the slightest credible evidence that Ukraine has a bioweapons program,” she said.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States envoy to the UN, said the US has helped Ukraine run public health facilities that detect diseases like Covid-19. “This is work done with pride, clarity and publicity. This work has everything to do with protecting people’s health. It has absolutely nothing to do with biological weapons,” she explained.
What about the Russian clues?
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced recently: “We [Russland] confirm that during the special military operation in Ukraine the Kiev regime concealed traces of a military biological program conducted with funds from the US Department of Defense”. According to Zakharova, on February 24 – the first day of the Russian offensive – the Ukrainian Ministry of Health ordered all Ukrainian biological laboratories to “urgently” destroy stored stocks of “highly dangerous causative agents of plague, anthrax, rabbit fever, cholera and other deadly diseases”. She said the documentation on the “urgent eradication” of the pathogen was “received from employees of Ukrainian laboratories.”
While noting that the Russian Defense Ministry is conducting further work to fully assess the documents in question, Zakharova said that Russia is able to conclude “that biological weapons components are being developed in Ukrainian laboratories in close proximity to Russian territory “. She added: “The urgent elimination of the highly dangerous pathogens on February 24 was ordered to prevent Ukraine and the United States from revealing a violation of Article I of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC).”
First of all: Why should the WHO Ukraine ask for it, to destroy all “highly dangerous pathogens” in their bio laboratories as quickly as possible? Is this really only about “defending against danger” or is it actually a cover-up of the development programs there?
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