The Russian President, Vladimir Putindenounced this Monday that in Ukraine components of biological weapons were created and that Russia has obtained “documentary evidence” of it during the “special military operation” in the neighboring country.
“Now, during the special operation in Ukraine, we have obtained documentary evidence that components of biological weapons were essentially created close to our bordersPutin said at a Kremlin meeting with leaders of the post-Soviet Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).
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According to the Russian president, in addition to these activities, which violate the conventions that prohibit biological and toxic weapons, in these facilities “Methods and mechanisms were developed to destabilize the epidemiological situation in the post-Soviet space.”
Putin insisted that for this reason greater attention must be paid to the problem of biological safety in the CSTO space, which includes, in addition to Russia, five other former Soviet republics: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
“We have long raised the alarm about the biological-military activities of the United States in the post-Soviet space,” the Russian president said at the beginning of the meeting, dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the CSTO, which was broadcast live on Russian television.
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He added that in this “common region” the Pentagon “has created dozens of biological laboratories and centers that are not precisely concerned with providing medical assistance to the population of the countries where they carry out their activities”.
“Their main task is to collect biological material and to study, for their own purposes, the specific nature of the spread of dangerous viruses and diseases,” Putin said.
He called on his CSTO colleagues to support the Russian initiative to create a body dedicated to this problem within the framework of the alliance. (I)