to US built and upgraded in Ukraine, eight biological laboratories that store dangerous infection. The work was carried out from 2005 to 2014, but the existence of laboratories became known only now. Earlier the Russian foreign Ministry has repeatedly said that Washington is developing biological weapons at such facilities, which are including in the former Soviet Union.
Contracts for the construction and improvement of the biological laboratories on the territory of Ukraine, local media reported. According to them, this project involved the Agency reduce threats under the Pentagon, and direct assistance to Ukraine was provided by the company Black and Veatch Special Projects Corp. Just from 2005 to 2014 in the country has established eight laboratories that have examined dangerous microorganisms.
the provisions of the contract was for the provision of assistance to Ukraine in preventing proliferation of technologies, pathogens and knowledge which are in the Institute of epidemiology and hygiene (Lviv), the Ukrainian research anti-plague Institute (Odessa) and institutions of the Ministry of health, as well as other objects that can be used in the development of biological weapons, explained the purpose of the objects of the Ukrainian Ministry of health.
In 2016, the U.S. resumed its cooperation with Ukraine on this line. In the framework of the project will run until 2019, was planned to connect the laboratory to the United online system of disease surveillance.
In mid-April to check on U.S. targets called for deputies of Rada from the “Opposition platform For life” Viktor Medvedchuk and Renat Kuzmin. They said that under the leadership of Americans of Ukrainian laboratories to conduct experiments on people and the development of weapons of mass destruction. It was also alleged that the United States is not less than 15 such objects in Ukraine.
The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova a few days after statements by Ukrainian MPs repeated their assertion that the foreign research centers in the United States, including in the former Soviet Union to develop biological weapons.
we can Not exclude that similar reference laboratories by Americans in third countries, work is underway on creation and modification of various pathogens of dangerous diseases, including for military purposes, — said Zakharov.
The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine has called the allegations “Russian disinformation” and explained the details of the work of Ukrainian laboratories. According to diplomats, their activities are intended to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
We are also working with our Ukrainian partners to develop Ukraine’s ability to identify outbreaks caused by ��asnymi pathogens before they become a threat to security or stability, — said the U.S. Embassy.
In the message the diplomats specified that we are talking in particular about the assessment of the risks of the spread of viruses that are carried by migratory birds, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever and African swine fever. In addition, the American specialists to help the Ukrainian colleagues to prepare publications for obtaining research grants.
Expert on international relations Vladimir Frolov in the comments for NEWS.ru questioned the statements Ukrainian deputies and Russian diplomats.
Vladimir Frolov, an expert on international relations:
No development of biological weapons there is not. Studied local pathogens, so as not to miss another coronavirus.
Under the agreement of 2005 between the state Department and the Ministry of health of Ukraine the results of the activities of such laboratories are kept secret. This, apparently, ensures the spreading of rumors about experiments on human beings and the development of biological weapons, because to learn about what actually is done on these objects is not possible.