Russia has requested a meeting of the UN Security Council over purported U.S. military-biological activities in Ukraine.
Igor Kirillov of the Russian Defense Ministry, and head of the Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Protection of Troops, presented alleged evidence regarding the Pentagon-funded “Biological Threat Reduction” program in Ukraine. Watch:
“We’ve discovered details about Project UP-4, implemented with involvement of laboratories in Kiev, Kharkov, Odessa, and planned for period until 2020. The project’s goal was to research a potential of spread of particularly dangerous infections via migrating birds, including the highly pathogenic H5N1 flu, whose lethality for humans can reach 50%, as well as Newcastle disease,” Kirillov said.
Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, reported on the Russians’ request.
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“Russian Mission asked for a meeting of Security Council for 11 March to discuss the military biological activities of the US on the territory of Ukraine,” Polyansky tweeted.
Polyansky cited Ministry of Defense documents that allegedly show the operation of a biowarfare research program in Ukraine. Those documents have been obtained by Becker News and translated excerpts from the original Ukrainian and Russian are provided below.
One letter provided by the Russians purported to show “the risk of new infections from insectivorous bats in Ukraine and Georgia.”
“Identification of new viral (coronavirus, filovirus, paramyxovirus, orthomyxovirus, lysavirus) bacterial (Brucella, Leptospira, Yersinia) pathogens significant for human and animal health from bats in Ukraine and Georgia; Investigation of how landscape biodiversity change affects the composition of endemic viral and bacterial agents in bat populations, as well as an assessment of their eco-evolutionary relationship with the occurrence of diseases in humans and domestic animals; Building a sustainable and harmonious system for the early detection of dangerous agents from bat populations in Ukraine and Georgia and their further genomic description.”
“Method: Integration of a multidisciplinary interdepartmental coalition from institutes and universities of health and veterinary medicine, which will contribute to the creation of a regional self-sufficient multinational group for the early detection and typing of agents, while creating a sophisticated analytical base for their adequate assessment,” the document continued.
“Application: This project will be implemented and integrated through the coordinated work of the National Research Center Institute for Experimental and Clinical Veterinary Medicine, the National Center for Public Health and Disease Control, the Centers for Disease Control in cooperation with the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and the US Geological Survey,” the document added.
“The results of scientific work will be useful for the evolution of bacterial and viral infectious diseases, early warning systems and health of people and animals around the world, as well as for the environment,” it noted.
“Engaged Personnel: More than 60 scientists from the USA, Ukraine and Georgia with various degrees and experience will participate in field research, diagnostics, molecular typing, Sanger sequencing, next generation sequencing, bioinformatics, ecological niche modeling and data visualization,” the document went on.
“Financing: Total for Ukraine and Georgia for the period 2020-2023 – 1.6 million US dollars, of which 207-398 thousand dollars per year for the IEKVM, 178-257 thousand dollars per year for the NCHCHD, 53 thousand dollars per year for the STCU, a total of $1,554,519 for the CDC ($512,000-527,000 per year),” the document stated.
The original document provided by the Russian Ministry of Defense can be viewed below.
One letter showed alleged U.S. and Ukrainian collaboration and was addressed to Brandt Siegel, who is an International Project Manager at Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
“Dear Mr. Brandt Siegel: We take this opportunity to express our deep respect to you and the US Department of Defense Threat Reduction Agency for many years of fruitful cooperation and support of Ukrainian veterinary science,” the translated letter states. “In response to your letter DTRO 21-016 dated January 26, 2021, the NAAS Department of Veterinary Medicine (National Research Center ‘Institute of Experimental and Clinical Veterinary Medicine’ and the NAAS Institute of Veterinary Medicine) prepared short descriptions of five project proposals focusing on study of particularly dangerous microorganisms”:
- Improvement of possibilities for regional cooperation and capacity building for emerging ruminant diseases (foot-and-mouth disease, bluetongue, lumpy skin disease and sheep and goat pox) surveillance system in the Eurasian nosoareal.
- Regional monitoring of emerging poultry diseases (influenza, Newcastle disease) in migrating wild birds in the Eurasian migration corridor, and characteristics of circulating pathogens.
- Risk assessment and zoonotic threats identification in reptiles as a reservoir of zoonotic pathogens using NGS (full genome sequencing).
- Study of the African swine fever natural foci formation in Ukraine.
- Study of reemergence risks of Anthrax in Ukraine.
“We send you these proposals (Appendix – 5 pages),” the letter added. “They will also be emailed to Dr. Megan Howard.”
Another letter named the groups that had access to the research data.
“The following U.S.-based groups can view data on all study subjects included in this protocol, as well as flag instances of non-compliance with this protocol: U.S. Department of Defense, UNMHSC Study Subject Protection, and UTHSC Bioethics Committees,” the letter said.
“The Bioethics Committee of Ukraine may also review records to ensure they comply with Ukrainian regulatory standards,” the letter added. “In addition, any data obtained from this study should be available for verification upon request of the Ukrainian Committee of Bioethics and representatives of the US Department of Defense. One member of the study team will monitor the quality of the study and apply measures to ensure it is of the required level.”
The Russians also held up documents from OpentheBooks.com that showed collaboration between U.S. and Ukrainian scientists, such as regarding the disease Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF). The visit was planned for November 12, 2018.
The original documents submitted by the Russian Ministry of Defense to the U.N. Security Council can be found here.
Meanwhile, Congress is moving this week to dismiss a proposed cut to a Pentagon-funded biosecurity program, Roll Call reported.
“The defense section of the federal spending package that the Senate is expected to clear as early as Thursday night would allocate $229 million for the Biological Threat Reduction Program in fiscal 2022, just above the current $225 million level of spending — instead of the 45 percent cut the Biden administration had proposed,” the report noted.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson was given a non-denial denial about the Pentagon-funded biolabs program in Ukraine and discussed it on air on Wednesday.
Tucker Carlson asks why the US isn’t coming clean about funding bio labs in Ukraine with deadly pathogens: "It's a ridiculous semantic debate." pic.twitter.com/8yJ3TLMw38
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) March 10, 2022
On Wednesday, however, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki took to Twitter to blast the media for reporting on Russia-and China-backed “conspiracy theories.”
“We took note of Russia’s false claims about alleged U.S. biological weapons labs and chemical weapons development in Ukraine,” Jen Psaki said on Twitter. “We’ve also seen Chinese officials echo these conspiracy theories.”
“This is preposterous,” she continued. “It’s the kind of disinformation operation we’ve seen repeatedly from the Russians over the years in Ukraine and in other countries, which have been debunked, and an example of the types of false pretexts we have been warning the Russians would invent.”
“The United States is in full compliance with its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention and does not develop or possess such weapons anywhere,” she claimed. “It’s Russia that has a long and well-documented track record of using chemical weapons, including in attempted assassinations and poisoning of Putin’s political enemies like Alexey Navalny.”
“It’s Russia that continues to support the Assad regime in Syria, which has repeatedly used chemical weapons,” she went on. “It’s Russia that has long maintained a biological weapons program in violation of international law. Also, Russia has a track record of accusing the West of the very violations that Russia itself is perpetrating.”
“In December, Russia falsely accused the U.S. of deploying contractors with chemical weapons in Ukraine,” she continued. “This is all an obvious ploy by Russia to try to try to justify its further premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine.”
“Now that Russia has made these false claims, and China has seemingly endorsed this propaganda, we should all be on the lookout for Russia to possibly use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine, or to create a false flag operation using them,” she added. “It’s a clear pattern.”
It’s ironic that the Communist Chinese are propagating the bioweapons ‘conspiracy theory’ despite concern about the Pentagon funding a similar program at Wuhan, where the Covid-19 pandemic originated.
On Wednesday, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby also addressed the matter.
Pentagon spox John Kirby calls Russia's accusations that Ukraine and the United States were developing bio-weapons "absurd" and "laughable," adding that it's "classic Russian propaganda." pic.twitter.com/bNSvzdp4AS
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) March 9, 2022
On Tuesday, Russia’s suspicions about the U.S.-funded biolaboratory program in Ukraine were heightened by the statements of Victoria Nuland, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Watch:
“Ukraine has biological research facilities, which in fact, we are now quite concerned,” Nuland said “Russian troops, Russian forces may be seeking to gain control of, so we are working with the Ukrainians on how they can prevent any of those research materials from falling into the hands of Russian forces.”
Ukraine had already issued a presidential order on February 24 to sterilize the facilities in the event of unforeseen military occupation, as documents obtained and exclusively translated by Becker News revealed.
Documents scrubbed from the U.S. embassy in Ukraine and obtained by Becker News confirm the existence and Pentagon funding of the “Biological Threat Reduction” program.
On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of assisting the Ukrainians with the development of ‘biological warfare facilities’ in Kyiv and Odessa. Lavrov leveled the charge at a press conference on Thursday, which was echoed by top-ranking Russian diplomatic negotiators at Russia-Ukraine peace talks in Belarus on Monday. Watch:
“We have data that the Pentagon is preoccupied with the chemical and biological installations in Ukraine,” Lavrov claimed. “The Pentagon built two biowarfare labs and they have been developing pathogens there in Kyiv and in Odessa.”
“And now they are concerned that they may lose control over these labs,” he argued. “And you know what it may be like in future. And the Americans decline flatly and resolutely to start an inspection mechanism as part of the convention for the prohibition of chemical weapons. And they build new chemical and biological facilities all across Russian borders.”
“And, you know, many other developments happen,” Lavrov went on. “The CIA has been on the ground in droves, and they have been training the Ukrainian army, not to wage a war with Poland, apparently. And when developments in Iraq happened, when the United States claimed it was a threat to the U.S. national security, did anyone ask back then why the United States back then decided to bring a country 10,000 kilometers off its coast to order, because the U.S. is a great power?”
“When Russia says there is a threat to us, they start telling us that there is not a threat at all, but you know, we will decide what is needed to provide for our security,” Lavrov stated. “And it’s close and next to our borders, we will not go 10,000 kilometers away to enforce our rules.”
Russia is therefore invoking the United States’ invasion of Iraq in 2003 as a pretext for invading Ukraine. It turned out after the invasion that weapons inspectors could find scant if any evidence that then Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was maintaining an active Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) program. However, the New York Times reported that Iraq had old stockpiles of WMDs that were discovered by U.S. soldiers.
In May 2020, Lavrov accused the United States “categorically opposing the adoption of a protocol to the convention of banning biological and toxin weapons, which would establish a mechanism to verify compliance by member countries with their obligation not to produce such weapons.”
As earlier reported, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov , said that the ministry would provide an “analysis of documents” on a program to create biological weapons components in Ukraine.
Slutsky also noted that, on February 24, according to the Ukrainian-language documents produced by Russia, laboratory staff in Ukraine received an order to immediately destroy especially dangerous pathogens, including the causative agents of ‘plague, anthrax, tularemia, cholera’ and other deadly diseases.
“We are getting more and more confirmation that Russia had more than good reasons for conducting a special military operation to demilitarize Ukraine,” Slutsky claimed on his Telegram channel.
There is virtually no evidence that a U.S.-funded biolaboratory program in Ukraine was working on ‘bioweapons.’ However, the mainstream media’s dubious track record of reporting on the Wuhan laboratory is not helping to put Americans’ concerns to rest.
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