The US government denies that biological research is taking place in Ukraine, yet Russia is currently exposing a network of biolabs that began during the Obama-Brandon administration. Former President Barack Obama previously toured and spoke about these Ukrainian biolabs, which were set up under the humanitarian pretenses of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program.
Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, brought forth new evidence that there are at least thirty suspect biolabs in Ukraine. These biolabs are jointly funded by the United States under their Defense Threat Reduction Agency. A full military audit of these biolabs is essential to ensure that the US and Ukraine are abiding by the UN’s Biological Weapons Convention. Here’s why:
Russian Ambassador accuses U.S. of illegal biologics research in Ukraine
Nebenzia accused the US and Ukraine for working on strains of plague, anthrax, tularemia, cholera, leptospirosis, coronavirus and other lethal diseases using synthetic biologic enhancements. These projects also include enhancements of H5N1 pandemic influenza, which can cause 50 percent lethality in human populations.
Nebenzia said the biologics research is conducted under the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program; it uses bats, lice and fleas to study how different infectious diseases can spread. Some of the research allegedly dates back to Japanese biological research in the 1940s, from which fugitive Japanese researchers found refuge with the United States. Nebenzia warns that bio-agents can be created to target specific ethnic groups that can lead to targeted genocide. Moreover, the labs are located near the Russian border, and pose a threat to the Russian people and Europe. Nebenzia claims that radical nationalist groups in Ukraine are working with the United States. He claims that the Reform of Ukrainian Healthcare led to an uncontrolled growth of dangerous infections that led to regional outbreaks of diphtheria, tuberculosis, measles, swine flu and symptomatic disease that resembles plague.
The US and Ukrainian Ambassadors did not take the accusations seriously and immediately dismissed the existence of the biolabs and the biological research being conducted there. US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Syslytsya claimed that Russia is using the narrative as an excuse to use their own biological weapons against the Ukrainian people. They agreed that Russia is the only aggressor in the current situation. The U.N. Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, concurred that the U.N. is “not aware of any biological weapons program in Ukraine.”
However, Victoria Nuland, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs testified at a US Senate hearing that the biolabs do exist, and she is worried the contents of the lab will fall into the hands of the Russians.
Obama recalls visit to Ukrainian biolabs, where he saw anthrax and plague
European countries, or any country for that matter, should not take lightly any evidence of biological research that violates the United Nation’s Biological Weapon Convention (1975). Article 1 of the international treaty prohibits, under any circumstances, the development, production, stockpiling, acquisition and retaining of biological weapons. The US has repeatedly denied their involvement in gain-of-function coronavirus experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, yet the documentation for this unethical research exists. How can corruption in the US government be so readily dismissed by the UN? Russia is not the only aggressor in a very complicated situation that has taken place over several years in Ukraine.
In fact, US Defense documents from 2005 show that there were plans for a level three biosecurity lab in Odessa, Ukraine. Then Senator Barack Obama acknowledged a trip he took with Senator Dick Lugar. Obama haphazardly recalls unsafe conditions at the labs, after he was introduced to vials of plague, anthrax and other dangerous bioweapons. Obama revealed this later in a presidential speech to the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Symposium. Obama said he learned a lot from Dick Lugar and was “taken in” by him. The Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program expanded into Ukraine after Obama and Lugar entered into a partnership with Ukrainian officials.
The US-funded biolab, the Interim Central Reference Laboratory, opened in June 2010 in Odessa, Ukraine. The biolab was lauded by U.S. Senator Dick Lugar, who announced it would be instrumental in researching dangerous pathogens. “The level-3 bio-safety lab, which is the first built under the expanded authority of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program, will be used to study anthrax, tularemia and Q fever as well as other dangerous pathogens,” Lugar said.
The Nunn-Lugar Act (established in 1991), allowed US officials to proliferate Ukraine under the pretense of helping the former Soviet Union dismantle and safeguard large stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The question is: Have these “threat reduction programs” enabled predatory biologics research, all under the guise of global security? Are these biolabs compromised and do they violate UN treaties on biological weapons? Are Russians justified in their pursuit to prevent the intentional or unintentional release of pathogens of pandemic potential?