Russia Accuses U.S. Of Operating Undercover Bioweapons Lab
The United States is operating underground laboratories that conduct research on weaponized disease, the Russian Foreign Ministry has alleged. These labs are creating biological weapons even with U.S. agreeing to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention or BTWC, a 1972 international treaty aimed at stopping development of weaponized disease worldwide.
U.S. seeks other countries to develop weaponized disease
Russia is concern about the U.S. developing biological weapons especially that one of its neighbors, Georgia, hosts one such undercover labs. According to Russian Foreign Ministry, the Richard G. Lugar Center for Public and Animal Health Research is an undercover American bioweapons lab. The center is allegedly a branch of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
“American and Georgian authorities are trying to cover up the real nature of this US military unit, which studies highly dangerous infectious diseases. The Pentagon is trying to establish similar covert medico-biological facilities in other countries [in Russia’s neighborhood],” a statement from the Russian ministry stated as quoted by RT.
Russia alleged that with U.S.’s continued development of weaponized disease, it is disrupting the BTWC.
“The US administration is obviously not interested in strengthening this convention. It’s known that in 2001 the US unilaterally torpedoed multilateral talks in Geneva to work on a verification mechanism for the BWTC and have since obstructed their restart. Decades of international effort to strengthen the convention were derailed,” the statement said.
Russia warns U.S. of land-based missiles in Europe
The Russian foreign ministry has also expressed concern on land-based missiles that U.S. is planning to deploy in Europe. The U.S. is violating the 1987 INF treaty which prohibits intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles.
“It is clear that such actions would mean complete destruction by the American side of the regime of the treaty with all its attendant consequences. We urge the United States to ensure the full implementation of the INF, (and) not to threaten the feasibility of this document,” the ministry said in a statement obtained by AFP.
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