Russian inquiry has evidence US biolabs in Ukraine worked with hantaviruses

RT-TASS -MOSCOW-Russia’s parliamentary commission probing into the activity of US biolaboratories in Ukraine has documentary proof these laboratories worked with hantaviruses, the commission’s co-chair, State Duma Deputy Speaker Irina Yarovaya, said on Thursday following the first meeting of the commission’s scientific and consultative council.

“One of the first presentations by the Defence Ministry produced evidence that the laboratories were focused on hantaviruses first and foremost and were conducting active research in this field. The experiments in which military personnel was used concerned hantaviruses. The questions about the purposes, scale, and effects will be answered later. But this is official information the Russian Defence Ministry has made public. It is proven with documents,” Yarovaya said.

The meeting of the scientific and consultative council brought together Russia’s leading specialists in the field of biology, virology and chemistry.

“We believe that interaction and consultations with you, with the scientific community, are an essential and important element of the parliamentary inquiry, because the very subject of this probe is very specific. The focus is not just on the creation of biological laboratories funded by the US Department of Defence, but on the tasks and objectives of the parliamentary inquiry, on ensuring the security of Russian and Ukrainian citizens,” Yarovaya said.

 She said that for the commission’s members, it was “fundamentally important” that “all invited experts confirmed Ukraine is being used for military biological purposes.”

“Regrettably, we are witnesses to large-scale efforts by the United States on the territories of different countries for building a supranational system of not just controlling the epidemiological situation, but of exploiting, in this particular case, the territory of Ukraine as a test site to the benefit of US pharmaceutical companies that work on Pentagon projects,” Yarovaya said.

She stressed that Russia strictly complied with international security agreements, including the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention, and systematically pressed for equal and indivisible security. Yarovaya recalled that the United States had for many years objected to the adoption of documents building up from that convention, which might enhance real control of bio-technologies.

On March 9, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, while testifying before the US Senate’s foreign relations committee, acknowledged that in Ukraine there were some facilities conducting clandestine biological research and Washington was keen to prevent Russian forces from gaining control of these facilities. She said the US Department of State was “quite concerned that Russian troops, Russian forces, may be seeking to gain control of [those labs], so we are working with the Ukrainians on how they can prevent any of those research materials from falling into the hands of Russian forces.”

The Russian Defence Ministry said that in fact it was a confirmation of the Pentagon’s involvement in military biological programs in Ukraine.