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US still operates biolabs in Ukraine – Russian envoy

US still operates biolabs in Ukraine – Russian envoy

Washington is trying to hide its own activities by blocking Moscow’s push for tighter controls, the diplomat says

The US continues to operate 30 biolaboratories on the territory of Ukraine as part of an illegal military-biological program, the Russian ambassador to the Netherlands said.

The number of American laboratories on Ukrainian territory was “long well known,” Vladimir Tarabrin, who is also Russia’s permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said in an interview with the Izvestia newspaper on Sunday.

The diplomat recalled that the head of the Russian nuclear, chemical and biological defense forces, Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, said in March 2022 that there were 30 such biolaboratories.

“Our armed forces have discovered documents confirming a large-scale military biological program deployed by the US and NATO countries on the territory of Ukraine and other former Soviet republics,” he said.

The Kyiv government reportedly began destroying dangerous pathogens in laboratories and suspending research on February 24, 2022, the day Russia launched a military operation against Ukraine, but “In 2023, the implementation of these programs was resumed, only their name changed,” Tarabrin argued.

When asked whether the number of American biolaboratories in Ukraine is still 30, the ambassador replied: “According to our data, yes.

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“Therefore, it is not surprising that over the past 20 years, Washington has blocked all Russian initiatives aimed at strengthening the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) regime and creating an effective mechanism for verifying compliance with its provisions by all participating countries,” he added. Tarabrin said.

Over the past two years, Moscow has repeatedly expressed concern over an alleged US-funded network of secret laboratories in Ukraine, releasing a trove of documents seized by Kiev authorities that it says are linked to the operation of the facilities.

Last April, Kirillov said Russia did “There is no doubt that the US, under the guise of ensuring global biosecurity, has been conducting dual-use research, including the creation of biological weapons components, in close proximity to Russia’s borders.”

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The US government has confirmed the existence of biological laboratories in Ukraine, but has insisted that they are completely legal and not for military purposes, despite being mostly funded through the Pentagon. Washington has denied Moscow’s claims of using laboratories to work on biological weapons “Russian Disinformation Campaign.”

Kirillov also said a year ago that the U.S. biolab program in Ukraine, formerly known as “Joint Biological Research,” had been renamed “Biological Control Research” to continue its activities.

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