The Russian Foreign Ministry says it has not received answers to its questions about American biological activity in Ukraine formulated in September under the UN Biological Weapons Convention.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said at a press conference on November 24 that Russia’s demands on American biological activity in Ukraine made in September had remained a dead letter, reports the agency. Russian press Tass.
“In September of this year, Russia, acting in accordance with Article 5 of CABT [Convention sur l’interdiction des armes biologiques], convened a consultative meeting to clarify all the circumstances of military biological activity in Ukraine,” he recalled. “Our experts have presented detailed documentation and evidence available to us, shedding light on the true purposes and nature of these activities which constitute a breach of CABT. They formulated clear professional questions, but did not receive a substantial answer”, he still declared then of this press briefing before the ninth review conference of the parties to the Convention on the prohibition of biological substances. .
Our experts presented detailed documents and evidence
Article 5 of the Convention, which entered into force on March 26, 1975, stipulates that the signatories undertake to consult and cooperate in the event of a problem related to this commitment, which is based on the total banishment of all biological weapons. States Parties meet approximately every five years to review the operation of BTWC. Eight conferences have taken place since 1980. The United States, Russia and Ukraine are all parties to this Convention.
As early as March 2022, Moscow accused Washington of funding research into the development of biological weapons in Ukraine, referring in particular to sites in kyiv and Odessa. Subsequently, the Russian authorities repeatedly made these accusations at meetings of the UN Security Council.
“Ukraine does not have a biological weapons program […]. The United States does not have a program of biological weapons ”, had retorted in October the representative of Washington to the Security Council of the UNO in front of these accusations. On June 9, a note from the Pentagon indicated in this regard that the American administration had invested since 2005 in the development of about fifty “laboratories, health establishments and diagnostic sites” in connection with research on pathogenic agents and biological monitoring, but only “for human and animal health”, without military aim.