Last week, U.S. Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland testified before a Senate hearing on Ukraine and admitted "Ukraine has biological research facilities."
On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova asked Washington to provide all information on the activities of U.S.-linked biological laboratories in Ukraine.
The nervous and unjustified reaction of the United States to Moscow's concerns only confirms "the extremely dangerous and illegal activities" carried out in these facilities, Zakharova said, adding that "we can see the stubborn silence, the reluctance to talk about the issue on international platforms, the concealment of facts, and the destruction of evidence."
Zakharova noted that these laboratories in Ukraine have worked directly "in conjunction with the Pentagon." Due to the absence of a verification mechanism under the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC), it is impossible to monitor the degree to which these laboratories are involved with U.S. programs.Washington has been opposing a verification mechanism since 2001, the diplomat stressed.
"This suggests that the Americans are not just carrying out prohibited activities, but also blocking all possibilities for specialized international institutions to verify their prohibited activities in the field of biological weapons," Zakharova pointed out, adding that Moscow is proposing to resume work on a legally binding protocol on an effective verification mechanism within the BTWC.
There are 25+ US-funded biolabs in Ukraine which if breached would release & spread deadly pathogens to US/world. We must take action now to prevent disaster. US/Russia/Ukraine/NATO/UN/EU must implement a ceasefire now around these labs until they’re secured & pathogens destroyed pic.twitter.com/dhDTH5smIG— Tulsi Gabbard �� (@TulsiGabbard) March 13, 2022
Last week, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland testified before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Ukraine, admitting "Ukraine has biological research facilities."
"We are working with the Ukrainians on how they can prevent any of those research materials from falling into the hands of Russian forces should they approach," she said.
On March 11, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video post on his facebook account that "no chemical or any other weapons of mass destruction were developed on my land."