Russia has requested a meeting with the UN Security Council on March 11th to discuss alleged military biological activities of the United States on the territory of Ukraine.
On Tuesday, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland acknowledged the existence of biolabs in Ukraine during a U.S. Senate hearing.
— Dmitry Polyanskiy (@Dpol_un) March 10, 2022
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Russia the following day accused the United States of developing biological weapons in Ukraine and demanded the U.S. government explain the biolabs.
In wake of the allegations, Russian diplomat Dmitry Polyanski requested a meeting with the UN Security Council to discuss the biological research Russia claimed to discover.
ALERT 🚨 UN Security Council to meet Friday on biological weapons at Russia’s request https://t.co/SNTVmMn2GM
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RIA Novosti, Russia state-affiliated media reported:
The Russian Ministry of Defense previously held a presentation showing that the US spent more than $200 million to operate biological laboratories in Ukraine that were part of the US military biological program. The Russian Federation , in connection with the facts of US military biological activities in Ukraine, does not exclude the launch of a consultation mechanism under the Convention on the Prohibition of Biological and Toxin Weapons (BTWC), Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said . Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lizqian, commenting on information about US-funded biological laboratories in Ukraine, urged Washington to clarify their biological militarization activities at home and abroad.
U.S. officials accused Russia of spreading disinformation to justify its invasion of Ukraine and a potential “false flag operation” using biological or chemical weapons.
Ukraine invasion: Russia asks UN Security Council for special meeting on ‘biolabs’ https://t.co/RgixyzhRht
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 11, 2022
As noted by Fox News:
“This is exactly the kind of false flag effort we have warned Russia might initiate to justify a biological or chemical weapons attack,” Olivia Dalton, a spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, told Fox News Digital Thursday. “Russia has a well-documented history of using chemical weapons and has long maintained a biological weapons program in violation of international law.”
Russia also has a track record of accusing Western allies of misconduct it’s conducting itself, she said.
“We’re not going to let Russia gaslight the world or use the UN Security Council as a venue for promoting their disinformation.,” she added.
Earlier Thursday, when asked what proof China had of the claims during his daily news briefing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Ljian provided none but demanded the U.S. answer questions about the issue.
“What has the U.S. been doing at Fort Detrick and its 336 biological laboratories abroad?” he asked. “Do the activities conform to the stipulations of the [Biological and Toxin Weapons Conventions]?”
Fort Detrick is the home of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command in Maryland.
Earlier Thursday, U.S. Defense Department officials said that there were five biological research laboratories in Kyiv – focused on “diagnostics, therapeutics, treatments, prevention and vaccines” – and not on military or biological weapons research.
Russia on Sunday published documents they claimed show biological testing in Ukraine near the Russian border.
In the post below, we shared archived documents from the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine on the biolabs in Ukraine.
This is a developing story.
We will provide updates as they become available.