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Russia has filed a formal complaint against US-backed biological activities in Ukraine

Russia calls on the UN Security Council to establish a commission to investigate alleged violations of the convention banning the use of biological weapons by Ukraine and the United States.

“We have requested a meeting in two days in accordance with Article 6 of the Biological Weapons Convention,” the Russian mission to the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Moscow Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia circulated a draft resolution ahead of Thursday’s meeting, along with “a variety of documents and evidence that shed light on the true nature of U.S. and Ukrainian military biological activities on Ukrainian territory.”

Russia was forced to invoke Article VI of the convention to raise the issues with the Security Council after its repeated investigations were largely ignored by Washington and kyiv, which “did not provide the necessary explanations, nor take immediate measures to remedy the situation”, Nebenzia explained.

Moscow has raised allegations against the two counties for carrying out secret biological research on Ukrainian soil, saying it had obtained incriminating evidence during the ongoing military operation. The Russian military has repeatedly released these documents to the public in batches since March.

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“Data analysis highlights non-compliance by US and Ukrainian sides” of the BWC, Nebenzia said.


Last month, Russia convened a meeting of BCW member states in Geneva, which yielded no tangible results, with delegates from 35 of the 89 countries either rejecting Russian claims or expressing support for the type of research that states United and Ukraine were leading, according to the US State Department. Only seven countries have expressed support for Russia: Belarus, China, Cuba, Iran, Nicaragua, Syria and Venezuela.

Following the meeting, Moscow proposed amendments to the BWC, proposing three ideas to strengthen the historic international agreement and make it more legally binding for its parties. Namely, Russia called for negotiations on a “legally binding protocol”, a “effective verification mechanism” and one “scientific advisory committee” within the group.

Russia also proposed to make control mechanisms more transparent, with “confidence-building measures” suggesting that BWC participants should be required to declare their “activities in the biological field outside the national territory”.


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The United States and Ukraine have dismissed Russia’s bioweapons claims as disinformation and conspiracy theory. Last June, the Pentagon released the “Fact Sheet on WMD Threat Reduction Efforts with Ukraine, Russia, and Other Countries of the Former Soviet Union.” The US military claimed that following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Washington had “has worked collaboratively to improve Ukraine’s biosafety, security and disease surveillance for human and animal health”, by supporting “46 peaceful Ukrainian laboratories, health institutions and disease diagnostic sites over the past two decades.” These programs would have focused on “Improving public health and agricultural security measures at the crossroads of non-proliferation.

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