(by Freddie Ponton | 21st Century Wire) – It would be an understatement to say the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announcement of US-funded bio labs in Ukraine and concerns over the development of biological weapons, had its fair share of attention over the last few weeks. Only the story doesn’t end there, with the trail of evidence leading directly to the US political, military, intelligence, and pharmaceutical establishments.
Undoubtedly, this story has all the ingredients for a giant international scandal, and when juxtaposed with the current war in Ukraine, it has the potential to influence the diplomatic, political and military trajectories of the conflict.
Still, Washington continues to deny any involvement. When pressed on the matter, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby referred to the Russian claims as“a bunch of malarkey.” However, despite the many evasions and obfuscations from US officials, the facts of this case remain overwhelming.
While US officials and western mainstream media quickly denied the existence of any US involvement in these biological facilities, their claims are confounded by the release overwhelming evidence to the contrary, including the existence of 15 official US documents previously posted, and recently removed from the US Embassy in Kyiv’s official website, confirming the presence of at least 11 bio labs, plus 2 other new labs which were due to be constructed in Odessa and Kyiv, These US bio labs situated in Ukraine were established between 2009 and 2012, and paid for by the US Department of Defense (DOD) and the DTRA Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
The program appears to be an offspring of the 1991 Soviet Nuclear Threat Reduction Act. Amongst other things, the act was designed to reduce the risk of bioterrorism and prevent the proliferation of biological weapons, including extremely dangerous pathogens.
This was followed by a 2005 bi-lateral treaty agreement between the United States and Ukraine on weapons proliferation, signed by representatives of the US Department of Defense and the Ukrainian Ministry of Health.
Izvestia published on 26 May 2020 an article which raises concerns about the existence of “eight laboratories that were built and modernized with the participation of the US Defense Special Weapons Agency (DTRA) as part of the Special Biological Engagement Program between 2005 and 2014 and which provided “assistance to Ukraine in preventing the spread of dangerous pathogens.”
The article followed claims by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, who warned on 17 April 2020, that “the United States may be developing deadly pathogens” in its “overseas laboratories,” adding that, “the United States is trying to strengthen its biological presence, including in the post-Soviet space.”
Things got slightly more serious when Commander of the Russian CBRN (Nuclear, Radiological, Biological and Chemical) defense force, Igor Kirillov explained how part of its UP-4 project with the participation of laboratories in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odessa, the United States appeared to be working to develop potentially powerful biological weapons. One of the purposes of the project appears to involve the spread of particularly dangerous infections through migratory birds. Read Full Article >