(SNews) – Russian military officials have claimed that the Pentagon has been transferring U.S. bioweapons projects out of Ukraine to Asia and other European countries.
Russia’s Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defense (RCB) Chief Igor Kirillov claims the Russian military has accumulated a collection of over 20,000 documents related to the U.S. military’s alleged biological program in Ukraine.
RCB Troops first accused the Pentagon of running a U.S. bioweapons program in Ukraine last spring.
Washington initially dismissed the allegations.
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland later confirmed that the U.S. government is “aware” of biolabs in Ukraine.
However, Nuland did not admit that the labs are American, as Russia claims.
“There are biological research laboratories in Ukraine,” Nuland said.
“We are currently concerned that the Russian militants may take control of them.
“We are working with the Ukrainian side to ensure that the materials of biological research do not fall into the hands of Russian forces.”
During a press briefing on Monday, Kirillov directly accused the U.S. of running “American military-biological programs” in Ukraine.
“Over the period of the special military operation, Russian troops have secured over 20,000 documents, reference, and analytical materials, and interviewed eyewitnesses and participants in American military-biological programs,” the officer said Monday.
These materials purportedly show the Pentagon’s intent to create biological weapons in Ukraine, and to test them out on the populations of the Eastern European country and its neighbors, including Russia, Kirillov alleged.
The RCB Troops chief also claimed that the U.S. government is behind a large-scale effort to evacuate Ukrainian specialists working on bioweapons to Western countries, including the U.S., Canada, and the European Union.
The alleged relocation was undertaken to prevent Russia from interviewing these personnel to obtain more information about activities that may be in contravention of international obligations and treaty norms, Kirillov said.
Kirillov also claims that the U.S. is transferring biological materials out of Ukraine and into Poland, the Baltic states, and Central Asia amid the curtailing of programs in Ukraine.
“The Pentagon is actively transferring unfinished research in the framework of Ukrainian projects to the states of Central Asia and Europe,” the officer said.
He added that Russia has information on America’s efforts to ramp up bio-defense cooperation with countries in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region as well -including Kenya, Singapore, and Thailand.
“Under pressure from the international community, Washington is changing its approaches to organizing military-biological activities, shifting the functions of customer to civilian departments – the Department of Health, the Energy Department, the United States Agency for International Development [USAID, ed],” Kirillov said.
“This allows the US administration to avoid criticism at international venues” and reduce pressure on the Pentagon and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), he added.
Kirillov continued by claiming to have evidence that specialists from the EcoHealth Alliance have been engaged in research on coronavirus strain transmission mechanisms since at least 2015.
EcoHealth Alliance is the U.S. government-funded non-governmental organization that funded controversial gain of function coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
EcoHealth Alliance has been at the center of the Wuhan lab leak theory, which is believed to have sparked the global Covif pandemic in 2019.
“Earlier, we informed you about the work being carried out at Boston University to enhance the pathogenic properties of COVID-19, funded by U.S. government money, and about the possible involvement of USAID in the emergence of a new coronavirus,” Kirillov said.
“The key role in the implementation of these projects belongs to the EcoHealth Alliance intermediary.
“Documents received from DTRA confirm that since 2015, specialists from this entity have been studying the diversity of the bat population, searching for new strains of the coronavirus, mechanisms of their transmission from animals to humans,” he continued.
“In total, more than 2,500 specimens were studied.”