Washington provides equipment for use in case of chemical or biological attacks, White House says
The United States is preparing for the possibility of Russia using chemical or biological weapons against Ukraine, providing equipment and supplies that could be used to save lives after such an attack, the press secretary confirmed. the White House, Jen Psaki.
PSAKI unveiled the aid effort on Friday, without giving details of the materials sent to Kyiv. She added that donating the equipment to Ukraine would not compromise US preparedness for chemical or biological attacks.
The statement comes weeks after Psaki suggested Moscow was considering deploying chemical or biological weapons against Ukraine. She first made the claim in response to documents released by Russia, which alleged that US-backed labs in Ukraine were developing biological weapons.
“All of this is an obvious ploy by Russia to try to justify its new premeditated, unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine,” psaki said last month. “Now that Russia has made these false claims and China has apparently endorsed this propaganda, we should all be on the lookout for Russia possibly using chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine, or creating a false flag operation in them. using.”
U.S. officials have also dismissed as “absurd” subsequent allegations that President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, had been involved in funding military research into dangerous pathogens at Ukrainian biolabs. However, the UK Daily Mail reported last week that correspondence found on the younger Biden’s abandoned laptop at least partially corroborated the Russian claims.
Also last week, President Biden raised his eyebrows when he told reporters during a visit to Europe that NATO would respond. “in nature” whether Russia used chemical weapons in Ukraine. White House officials later denied that the United States would use chemical weapons, saying it was still against policy.
Biden administration officials have dismissed the Russian accusations as “ridiculous” and “absurd,” but as Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian noted on Friday, Washington has not offered “any constructive response” to the allegations. He said the United States had conducted the most biological weapons activities of any country and was the only country to oppose the establishment of multilateral verification of compliance with the Convention on biological weapons (BWC).
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“The international community has good reason to question US bio-military activities,” Zhao said. Washington has accused other countries of BWC violations, without providing “strong evidence” – in some cases to justify the imposition of sanctions or war – but “As far as its own compliance, the United States has tried to fend for itself, which is unacceptable,” he added.