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US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Friday morning again criticized Russia’s attempts to lie about biological weapons allegations in Ukraine.

“As I said a week ago, Ukraine does not have a biological weapons program. There are no Ukrainian biological weapons laboratories – neither near the Russian border, nor anywhere part. There are only public health institutions, proudly, and I say proudly, supported and recognized by the United States government, the World Health Organization and other governments and international institutions,” Thomas said. -Greenfield in a prepared address to the UN Security Council.

Ukrainian and US officials have repeatedly denied allegations of US-backed biological programs in Ukraine.

Friday’s emergency session was convened by Russia after announcing on Thursday that it would not ask for a vote on its humanitarian draft resolution on Ukraine.

Thomas-Greenfield instead said that “it is Russia that has a well-documented history of using chemical weapons” and that Friday’s meeting is “the result of their isolation within this Council and on the world stage. “.

“We are not going to honor disinformation or conspiracy theories from Russia,” Thomas-Greenfield said. “I will not repeat the insults and false accusations that Russia has repeatedly leveled at this table against the people of Ukraine and the United States. But we know that Russia’s disinformation is a sign of its desperation. is the truth, and we will continue to make sure the world sees and hears it.”

Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, claimed on Friday that new details showed evidence of the existence of US-backed biological weapons in Ukraine.

“During the past week, new details have come to light, which make it possible to assert that the components of biological weapons were being created on Ukrainian territory,” Nebenzia said in a translated address to the council. “We can see that the American colleagues were not, as they claim, helping the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, but rather the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.”

Nebenzia claimed that a new document circulated to the board Friday morning “confirms direct funding and oversight by the Pentagon and its Defense Threat Reduction Agency of military and biological projects in Ukraine.”

“The representative of the US State Department continues to blur the information and ensure that the United States would not operate in any biological laboratory on Ukrainian territory, but the facts show the opposite,” said the ambassador of Russia.

More context: There are US-funded biological labs in Ukraine, but they do not manufacture biological weapons. In fact, it’s the opposite: part of the reason for their creation was to secure old Soviet weapons left behind in former Soviet republics. The State Department called the claims nonsense — and the US and Ukrainian governments have repeatedly tried for years to combat conspiracy theories about the labs and talked about the work actually being done there.

Russia’s lies about labs like this have not been limited to Ukraine, and the country has released various misinformed information about the United States and bioweapons since the Cold War.

CNN’s Kiely Westhoff and Donie O’Sullivan contributed to this post.


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