Ukraine: no trace of a secret biological weapons program, repeats the UN

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This message had already been sent to the Security Council on March 11 and 18 by the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu.

“That remains the case today,” said Thomas Markram, who is Ms Nakamitsu’s deputy, on Friday.

Russia, the United States and Ukraine are all states parties to the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention prohibiting the development, production, acquisition, transfer, stockpiling and use of weapons biological and toxins.

Mr. Markram explained that the Convention contains several measures that concerned States Parties can use to address concerns or suspicions about the activities of their peers.

For example, he said, under article V, states parties can consult and cooperate to resolve any issues through international procedures, including on a bilateral basis. Noting that one such procedure is the convening of a consultative meeting, he said other possibilities exist under Article VI.

“I therefore encourage all States Parties with compliance concerns to use the procedures available under the Convention,” Mr. Markram said. The Office for Disarmament Affairs stands ready to support any procedures under the Convention that States Parties may decide to use.

Alleged threat to biosecurity in Eastern Europe

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said his country called today’s meeting – the third on this subject – because it continues to receive evidence that the US Department of Defense is carrying out dangerous biological projects of a secret military on the western border with his country.

“It is a real threat to the biosecurity of our country, the region and, given the cross-border nature of these biological threats, to the whole world,” he said. Yet, as Mr. Markram confirmed, neither Ukraine nor the United States included information on this threat in the reports required by the Convention, he said.

Preventing such a dangerous activity is only possible through his country’s “special military operation”, he said. He drew attention to “Project 3007” in which Ukrainian specialists, under the supervision of American colleagues, take water samples from the Dnipro, Danube and other waterways, in search of pathogens , such as typhoid. The samples are then sent to the United States.

The logical question is “why?” “, he said. One glance at a map of Ukraine’s water sources is enough to realize that the results could be used to create a biological disaster in Russia, across the Sea of ​​Azov and the Black Sea, and in Eastern Europe. East, he added.

Among other allegations, he accused Ukraine of trying to spread dangerous bioaerosols throughout Russia, pointing out that in January it received 50 drones equipped to launch such an assault, and the United States of financing these activities. through subcontractors.

He said another biological incident in 2020 using “counterfeit money” as a vector for tuberculosis in Luhansk, endangered the children who found it. “This money was infected with bioactive tuberculosis,” he said, confirming a “very worrying trend.” He went on to say that other evidence implicates American scientists in carrying out experiments on psychiatric patients at Hospital Number 3, Kharkiv.

“Fancy” allegations, conspiracy theories

In turn, Deputy US Ambassador Richard M. Mills lamented that the top UN disarmament official was invited to join today’s “really wacky conversation.” He blamed Russia for again using the Council as a platform to spread disinformation and conspiracy theories about Ukraine as it continues its brutal and inhumane assault on the Ukrainian people.

“Russia repeatedly debases the Council with these absurd meetings,” he said. The endless allegations of chemical and biological weapons programs in Ukraine are categorically false and “ridiculous”. By making “fanciful” claims about poisoned banknotes, secret treatment of psychiatric prisoners and non-disclosure agreements, “it’s as if the Russian delegation’s talking points came out of a bad novel. spying,” he said.

They follow a well-established pattern, he said, in which Russian authorities blame others for the very violations they have perpetrated or intend to perpetrate. He cautioned against giving credence to such “strange” claims.

What should not be forgotten, he said, is that Russia has a long and well-documented history of using chemical weapons, including in assassination attempts and the poisoning of enemies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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