War re Ukraine: Thread

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Thu Nov 3 15:45:29 PDT 2022

UN Security Council Votes Down Probe Into Biolabs In Ukraine


The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has voted down a Russian
proposal to establish a commission to investigate claims of a joint
US-Ukraine "military biological" program.

Going back to at least March, Moscow has alleged Ukrainian biolabs
have been studying and stockpiling deadly pathogens like anthrax and
cholera at US-sponsored labs, saying further this is a violation of
the 1972 international convention on biological weapons.
Stepnogorsk biological weapons complex in Kazakhstan. Image: US via
Department of Defense.

At Wednesday's security council vote, US Ambassador Linda
Thomas-Greenfield said the United States and its ally the Ukrainian
government have been "through Russia's allegations in Geneva, point by
point, and debunked every single one."

US, Britain, and France voted against Russia's proposal - but
crucially China backed it, while ten rotating council members
abstained, among the 15-nation body.

"The United States does not have a biological weapons program. There
are no Ukrainian biological weapons laboratories supported by the
United States," Thomas-Greenfield countered.

Instead of military biolabs, Washington has presented the following
narrative on its program in Ukraine:

    During a series of U.N. meetings prompted by the Russian
allegations, the U.S. has described the non-military biological labs
it has supported in Ukraine since the 1990's, including one called the
"Biological Threat Reduction Program" that was created to disassemble
the former Soviet Union's programs, to "reduce legacy threats from
nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons left in the Soviet Union's
successor states."

One key facility that Russian allegations have long focused on remains
the Virology Reference Laboratory in Kiev. The lab says they get
regularly inspected by a World Health Organization team, and further
that after the Russian invasion started, and bombs started falling,
they destroyed "particularly dangerous biological strains they had in
storage," according to the lab's director as quoted in CBS.

Russia and China have pointed out that Congressional testimony from
earlier in the war by US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland was
particularly damning and is confirmation that US-backed research into
deadly pathogens at Ukrainian facilities was happening.

    Daily reminder that yes, Victoria Nuland actually said all these
things about biolabs pic.twitter.com/5Otnh90vPa
    β€” Jack Posobiec πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ (@JackPosobiec) March 22, 2022

As for China, during the same month that Nuland gave her testimony (in
March), Beijing demanded that the Biden administration "give a full
account of its biological military activities at home and abroad and
subject itself to multilateral verification."

In response, the US has consistently rejected the allegations as a
"conspiracy theory" with US officials meeting with Chinese
counterparts in Rome at a previous bilateral meeting being "shocked"
at the assertions.

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