Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov alluded to how the US infiltrated post-Soviet states with biolabs and believes they are secret bioweapons development labs.
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While post-Soviet countries were weak and inexperienced in self-government in the 1990s, the US had the guile and resources to use them, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. In an interview, he revealed how Washington took advantage of its power by establishing a web of biolabs that Russia suspects are undertaking military research.
The fall of the Soviet Union left behind nations that were poor and in dire need of even the most basic essentials, leaving them vulnerable to US exploitation, according to Lavrov.
“Our Western partners then, so to speak, vigorously scrambled. They offered their services in every aspect and infiltrated every area of the newly-independent states. They sent advisers. And now we are experiencing what came as a result of those times,” the minister said.
The diplomat was specifically alluding to US-funded labs that many post-Soviet governments have on their soil. They undertake biological research under the supervision of the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
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The network, according to Washington, is harmless and is used to detect and identify emerging viruses that may represent a threat to humanity. However, several countries, particularly Russia, believe they are secret bioweapons development labs.
The Russian military discovered evidence of the labs’ true nature during its advance in Ukraine, according to Lavrov, who added that Moscow will not let the problem slide.
“The experiments they conduct in those labs. We have long suspected that they are not peaceful and harmless,” he said.
“The samples of pathogens that were stored [at Ukrainian labs], the paperwork showed clearly the military character of the experiments. And the documents made it clear that there are dozens of these labs in Ukraine,” he added.
Moscow wants to revise the Biological Weapons Convention, an international convention signed by Russia and the United States in 1972 that prohibits the development, storage, and use of biological weapons. The lack of a verification mechanism, similar to what the International Atomic Energy Agency or the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons utilize to assure compliance in respective non-proliferation domains, is a key shortcoming in the agreement.
Since 2001, the United States has opposed a plan to establish such a mechanism, according to Lavrov. “Now it has become clear to us why they took this position while creating military biological laboratories throughout the world over all these years,” he remarked.