†This remains the case today‘ says Thomas Markram.
The Russian Federation, the United States and Ukraine are all states party to the Biological Weapons Convention of 1972, which prohibits the development, production, acquisition, transfer, stockpiling and use of biological and toxin weapons.
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Mr Markram – who is also the High Representative’s deputy – explained that the treaty contains several measures that concerned States Parties can help us to allay concerns or suspicions about the activities of their colleagues.
For example, he said that Article V allows States parties to consult each other and cooperate in resolving problems through international procedures, including on a bilateral basis. Noting that such a procedure is the convening of a consultation meeting, he said other possibilities exist under Article VI.
†I would therefore encourage all States Parties with compliance issues to use the procedures available under the Convention‘ said Mr Markram. The Office of Disarmament Affairs stands ready to support any procedures under the Convention that States Parties decide to use.
Alleged Biosecurity Threat to Eastern Europe
Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said his country called today’s meeting – the third on the subject – as it continues to receive evidence that the US Department of Defense is conducting dangerous biological projects of a secret military nature on its western border with his country.
“It is a real threat to the biosecurity of our country, the region and, given the transboundary nature of these biothreats, to the whole world,” he said. But, as confirmed by Mr Markram, neither Ukraine nor the United States has included information about this threat in the reporting required by the Convention, he said.
Preventing such dangerous activities is only possible through his country’s “special military operation,” he said. He drew attention to “Project 3007” in which Ukrainian specialists, under the supervision of American colleagues, collect water samples from the Dnipro, Danube and other waterways in search of pathogens, such as typhus. The samples are then sent to the United States.
The logical question is “why?” he said. One look at a map of Ukraine’s water resources is enough to understand that the results could be used to create a biological catastrophe in the Russian Federation, through the Azov and Black Seas, and in Eastern Europe, he added. ready.
He accused Ukraine, among other things, of attempting to spread dangerous bio-aerosols over the Russian Federation, pointing to the receipt in January of 50 drones equipped to carry out such an attack, and the United States of financing such an attack. activities through subcontractors.
He said another bio-incident in 2020 that used “counterfeit money” as a carrier for tuberculosis in Luhansk endangered the children who found it. “This money was contaminated with a bioactive tuberculosis,” he claimed, confirming “a very worrying trend.” He further claimed that other evidence involves American scientists conducting experiments on psychiatric patients at hospital number 3, in Kharkov.
‘fantastic’ claims, conspiracy theories
For his part, US Deputy Ambassador Richard M. Mills lamented that the United Nations Director of Disarmament had been asked to participate in today’s “really farcical conversation”. He accused Russia of re-using the Council as a platform to spread disinformation and conspiracy theories about Ukraine as it continues its brutal and inhumane attack on the Ukrainian people.
“Russia repeatedly debases the Council through these absurd meetings,” he said. Endless claims about chemical and biological weapons programs in Ukraine are categorically false and “ridiculous”. By making “fantastic” claims about poisoned banknotes, secret treatments of psychiatric prisoners and non-disclosure agreements, “it’s like the Russian delegation’s talking points come from a bad spy novel,” he said.
Track record of the use of chemical weapons
They are following a good warning pattern, he said, in which Russian authorities accuse others of the violations they have committed or plan to commit. He warned against giving any credibility to these “strange” claims — other than to keep a close eye on the possibility of a false flag chemical or biological attack by Russian forces themselves.
What should not be forgotten, he said, is that Russia has a long and well-documented track record of using chemical weapons, including attempted assassinations and the poisoning of President Vladimir Putin’s enemies, including opposition leader Alexey Navalny. .
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