Unearthed documents show US was involved in funding bio labs in Ukraine as early as 2005, records show | tech news

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On Tuesday, China demanded from the United States responses to Russian revelations that the US has thirty military bioweapons laboratories in Ukraine. US officials have repeatedly denied the allegations, citing false news and misinformation about Russia.

But in a recent interview (video below) with US Senator Mark Rubio on March 8, Undersecretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland admitted that Washington did provide aid to these labs (but still avoided confirming allegations by Russia). , which Kyiv had developed biological weapons there).

Since the day of the interview, revelations from unearthed documents show that the United States was more involved than it admits.

Thanks to the work of the US Armed Forces Counterproliferation Center, a media clipping (also posted on Defense.gov) dated June 17, 2010 has been preserved reporting how then US Senator Richard Lugar “announced the opening of the Interim Central Reference Laboratory (ICRL) in Odessa, Ukraine.”
The article, originally published by BioPrepWatch.com (now deleted but preserved in web archives, the Counterproliferation Center clippings and Defense.gov), said the facility was a Level 3 biosafety lab – meaning they were responsible for handling the most dangerous armored pathogens on earth, such as anthrax and Q fever. It was specifically designed to research these pathogens, the article said, citing the late senator.

“The continued collaboration of the Nunn-Lugar partners has improved the security of all people from weapons of mass destruction and potential terrorist use, in addition to advances in pandemic prevention and public health consequences,” Lugar said at the time.

Below is a screenshot of the document, which can also be found on Defense.gov (page 11 of 20).
However, talks about establishing the Interim Central Reference Laboratory (ICRL) in Ukraine did not start in 2010. They go back even further – to 2005, according to one archive Nunn-Lugar report Issue from August of the same year (See full PDF file below).

At the time, Lugar and (then) fellow senator Barack Obama coordinated efforts with Ukrainian authorities to investigate and prevent the spread of bird flu. Coincidentally, avian flu was one of the pathogens the Kiev labs were studying in the context of the potential spread of dangerous pathogens through bird migration from Ukraine to Russia, the Russian Defense Ministry’s findings suggested.

As SputnikNews also reported, Ukraine eventually signed an agreement with the US under the Nunn-Lugar Act aimed at removing weapons of mass destruction from the former Soviet states and agreed to build a modern laboratory to handle and study dangerous pathogens on its Territory.

“Although Victoria Nuland eventually acknowledged the presence of US-funded biolabs in Ukraine, she has failed to address Russia’s allegations of experiments aimed at modifying dangerous pathogens and turning them into biological weapons. At the same time, she said Washington was “fairly concerned” at the prospect of the Russian military seizing these labs during their special operation on Ukrainian territory.”

Meanwhile, CIA director William Burns claimed Ukraine was not researching the dangerous pathogens that could be used in biological weapons. He dismissed the Russian military’s statements as “propaganda” and a possible pretext for “false flag operations.”

Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) called on Ukraine to destroy highly dangerous pathogens held in its laboratories, citing the need to prevent “accidental or deliberate release”.

Meanwhile, another public document from GovTribe.com shows that on September 16, 2021, the US government granted the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine $1.6 million for scientific research on “countering weapons of mass destruction” in Ukraine.

Below is more evidence

Biolab opens in Ukraine by Tina Redlup
June 17, 2010
US Senator Dick Lugar welcomed the opening of the interim central reference laboratory in Odessa, Ukraine, this week and announced that it will play a crucial role in research into dangerous pathogens used by bioterrorists.
The Level 3 biosecurity lab, the first built under the extended authority of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program, is used to study anthrax, tularemia and Q fever, among other dangerous pathogens.
“The continued collaboration of the Nunn-Lugar partners has enhanced security for all people from weapons of mass destruction and potential terrorist use, in addition to advances in pandemic prevention and public health consequences,” Lugar said.
According to Lugar, plans for the facility began in 2005 when he and then-Senator Barack Obama partnered with Ukrainian officials. Lugar and Obama also helped coordinate efforts between US and Ukrainian researchers this year to study and prevent bird flu.
The Nunn-Lugar Act, which established the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, was created in 1991. Since then it has provided funds and support to help the former Soviet Union dismantle and secure large stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The program was also responsible for destroying chemical weapons in Albania, Lugar said.

Below is the PDF document from 2005.

Below is another PDF version of the document from Defense.gov (Page 11 of 20)


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