“This is still the case todayThomas Markram said.
The Russian Federation, the United States, and Ukraine are all State Parties to the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention, which prohibits the development, production, acquisition, transfer, stockpiling, and use of biological and toxin weapons.
Mr. Markram, who is also Deputy to the High Representative, explained that the Convention contains a number of 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 with each other and cooperate to resolve any issues through international procedures, including bilaterally. Noting that one of those procedures is the convening of a consultative meeting, he said there are other possibilities under Article VI.
“Therefore, I would encourage any State Party with compliance concerns to use the procedures available under the Convention.”, said Mr. Markram. The Office for Disarmament Affairs stands ready to support any procedures under the Convention that States Parties decide to use.
Suspected biosecurity threat to Eastern Europe
The Russian ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, said that his country convened today’s meeting – the third on this subject – because it continues to receive evidence that the United States Department of Defense is carrying out dangerous biological projects of a secret military nature in the western border with your country.
“It is a real threat to the biosecurity of our country, of the region and, given the transboundary nature of these biothreats, to the entire world,” he said. However, as Mr. Markram confirmed, neither Ukraine nor the United States have included information about this threat in the reports required by the Convention, he said.
Preventing such 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, collect water samples from the Dnipro, Danube and other waterways, searching for pathogens such as typhoid. The samples are then shipped to the United States.
The logical question is “why?” he said. One look at a map of Ukraine’s water sources is enough to understand that the results could be used to create a biological catastrophe in the Russian Federation, across the Azov and Black Seas, and in Eastern Europe, she added.
Among other claims, he accused Ukraine of trying to spread dangerous bioaerosols throughout the Russian Federation, noting that it received 50 drones in January equipped to carry out such an attack, and the United States of financing such activities through subcontractors.
He said another bio-incident in 2020 using “fake money” as a TB carrier in Lugansk, endangering the children who found him. “This money was infected with bioactive tuberculosis,” she said, confirming “a very worrying trend.” He went on to state that further evidence implicates American scientists in conducting experiments on psychiatric patients at Kharkov Hospital No. 3.
‘Fantastic’ claims, conspiracy theories
In turn, the deputy US ambassador, Richard M. Mills, lamented that the director of disarmament of the United Nations has been asked to join the “truly ridiculous conversation” today. He blamed Russia for once again using the Council as a platform to spread disinformation and conspiracy theories about Ukraine as it continues its brutal and inhumane attack on the Ukrainian people.
“Russia repeatedly demeans the Council through these absurd meetings,” he said. The endless claims of chemical and biological weapons programs in Ukraine are categorically false and “ridiculous.” By making “fanciful” claims about poisoned banknotes, secret treatment for psychiatric inmates and confidentiality agreements, “it’s as if the Russian delegation’s talking points came from a bad spy novel,” he said.
History of chemical weapons use
They follow a warning pattern, he said, in which Russian authorities accuse others of the same violations they have perpetrated or intend to perpetrate. He cautioned against giving credence to these “outlandish” claims, beyond looking closely at the possibility of a false-flag chemical or biological attack by Russian forces themselves.
What should not be forgotten, he said, is that Russia has a long and well-documented history of using chemical weapons, including assassination attempts and poisoning of President Vladimir Putin’s enemies, including opposition leader Alexey Navalny.
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