On Saturday, the Russian government claimed that Germany had in coordination with the United States a network of at least 30 biomilitary laboratories on Ukrainian territory working on “biological agents potentially useful as biological weapons.”
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated that this is one of the reasons why Berlin “is more active than other EU (European Union) countries” in trying to attribute plans to use biological and chemical weapons in Ukraine to Russia.
Germany, like the U.S., has for many years been carrying out “military and biological activities” on the territory of Ukraine, she stated.
As a result of the Special Military Operation in Ukraine, the Russian Armed Forces found documents that shed some light on the biomilitary program implemented by the U.S. Department of Defense in Ukraine, she recalled.
“Dangerous research” was being conducted in these facilities, according to Zakharova, who mentioned a direct link to the Bernhard Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine and cited tropical diseases such as dengue or chikungunya or pathogens such as West Nile virus or the Usutu River virus.
Between 2020 and 2022, the third phase of the program has been underway, which provides for the “collection of sensitive epidemic information in third countries, including through the use of big data technologies,” the spokeswoman said.
It also includes the “development of partner countries’ infrastructure for working with dangerous biological agents,” she said.
The spokeswoman also urged German authorities to “stop spreading lying accusations about our country’s alleged intention to use weapons prohibited by international law in the special military operation.”
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