Unearthed documents show that the US was involved in funding Bio Labs in Ukraine as early as 2005, records show
On Tuesday, China demanded answers from the United States over Russian revelations that the US has thirty military bioweapon labs in Ukraine. US officials have repeatedly denied the allegations, calling fake news and Russia misinformation.
But in a recent interview (video below) with US Senator Mark Rubio on March 8, Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, admitted that Washington did provide assistance to these laboratories (but still avoided confirming accusations by Russia that Kyiv developed biological weapons there).
Ukraine has "biological research facilities," says Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland, when asked by Sen Rubio if Ukraine has biological or chemical weapons, and says she's worried Russia may get them. But she says she's 100% sure if there's a biological attack, it's Russia. pic.twitter.com/uo3dHDMfAS
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 8, 2022
“Despite eventually admitting the presence of the US-funded bio laboratories in Ukraine, Victoria Nuland did not consider Russia’s accusations about experiments on modifying dangerous pathogens and turning them into biological weapons. At the same time, she said Washington was “quite concerned” with the prospect of Russian military seizing these laboratories during their special operation on the Ukrainian territory.”
June 17, 2010
U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar applauded the opening of the Interim Central Reference Laboratory in Odessa, Ukraine, this week, announcing that it will be instrumental in researching dangerous pathogens used by bioterrorists.
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.
―The continuing cooperation of Nunn-Lugar partners has improved safety for all people against weapons of mass destruction and potential terrorist use, in addition to advancements in the prevention of pandemics and public health consequences,‖ Lugar said.
Lugar said plans for the facility began in 2005 when he and then Senator Barack Obama entered a partnership with Ukrainian officials. Lugar and Obama also helped coordinate efforts between the U.S and Ukrainian researchers that year in an effort to study and help prevent avian flu.
The Nunn-Lugar Act, which established the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, was established in 1991. Since that time it has provided funding and assistance to help the former Soviet Union dismantle and safeguard large stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The program has also been responsible for destroying chemical weapons in Albania, Lugar said.