TRIBUNNEWS.COM – The United Nations (UN) said it had found no evidence of a biological weapons manufacturing operation in Ukraine.
This statement stems from a claim by Russia which has also been denied by the US and its allies when an emergency session of the UN Security Council was held Friday (11/3/2022).
Quoted from AlgeriaRussia initiated the meeting to discuss its unproven allegations about Ukraine operating a laboratory for the operation of biological weapons with assistance from the US.
The UN’s Supreme Representative on Arms, Izumi Nakamitsu, said the 15-member UN council had found no evidence of a biological weapons program in Ukraine.
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Nakamitsu said Ukraine and Russia are parties to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) which is an international treaty and has banned biological weapons from circulating.
“Biological weapons have been banned since the BWC issued the treaty in 1975,” he said.
Meanwhile, during the UN Security Council session, Russia’s Ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, stated that his party had found 30 biological weapons laboratories in Ukraine.
However, this was later denied by the US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas Greenfield, who criticized Russia for using the UN Security Council to legitimize disinformation and deceive the public in order to justify Russian President Vladimir Putin’s choice of war against Ukraine.
“I will say this time that Ukraine does not have a biological weapons program. In addition, there are no biological weapons laboratories in Ukraine financed by the US, which are alleged to be located on the border between Ukraine and Russia,” said Thomas-Greenfield.
Meanwhile, upon approval in 2005, the Pentagon has assisted several public health laboratories in Ukraine by enhancing safety from pathogens and developing research technologies.