More on the Bioweapons Claim
The BBC checks the facts.
Not long after finishing my post on the willingness of some in the American media to spread Russian disinformation regarding bioweapons research in Ukraine, I noticed this from the BBC, Ukraine war: Fact-checking Russia’s biological weapons claims. The basic conclusion: “No evidence: US funds biological weapons research in Ukraine.”
Ukraine has dozens of public health laboratories that work to research and mitigate the threats of dangerous diseases.
Some of these labs receive financial and other support from the US, the European Union and the World Health Organization (WHO) – as is the case in many other countries.
Despite Russian claims that these are “secret” labs, details of US involvement can be found on the US embassy’s website.
The piece continues:
Additionally, the US set up its “Biological Threat Reduction Program” in the 1990s following the fall of the Soviet Union to reduce the risk from biological weapons that had been left behind in countries including Ukraine.
Under this programme certain labs receive funding from the US for modernisation and equipment, but are managed locally, not by the US.
The US Department of Defense has been working in partnership with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health since 2005 to improve the country’s public health laboratories.
The US provides technical support and, according to the US Embassy in Ukraine, “works with partner countries to counter the threat of outbreaks (intentional, accidental or natural) of the world’s most dangerous infectious diseases”.
There is no evidence that they work to produce biological weapons. In January, the US said its programme does the opposite and in fact aims to “reduce the threat of biological weapons proliferation”.
There have been similar unsubstantiated claims by Russia in the past about US-backed biolabs operating in its neighbouring countries.
But, of course, one is free to believe the QAnon/Russian-generated propaganda if one so prefers.
There is more at the link.