Russia accuses US of developing bioweapons in Ukraine, calls for UN Security Council meeting
Members of the Jordanian Armed Forces and U.S. Marines with Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN), 2nd Marine Division, preform decontamination procedures during a CBRN demonstration during Exercise Eager Lion 16 outside of Amman, Kingdom of Jordan on May 18, 2016. (Lance Cpl Alejandro Dominguez/Released)
Berlin – Russia on Friday called for a meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC) to deal with the alleged development of biological weapons by the United States in Ukraine.
“The Russian Mission has requested a meeting of [the UNSC] for March 11 to discuss US military biological activities on the territory of Ukraine,” tweeted Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s first deputy permanent representative to the UN.
There was initially no confirmation that the emergency meeting would take place.
Diplomats said the emergency meeting was to take place at 10 a.m. (1500 GMT).
The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that there was a network of biological laboratories in Ukraine working on behalf of the US Department of Defense, a claim long dismissed as inaccurate.
The United States has warned that bogus “propaganda” from Moscow alleging that Ukraine produces weapons of mass destruction could be a pretext for Russia to use them itself.
A senior US defense official called the allegations “absurd, laughable and untrue”.
The United States had indications that the Russians might be making the claims “as a way to create their own pretense”, which it called “an excuse to perhaps use these types of agents in an attack”, added the manager.
The result could be “potentially more aggressive military action” or “actual use of some agents” in Ukraine, the official said.
After an inconclusive meeting on Thursday, senior Russian and Ukrainian diplomats indicated their readiness to continue talks.
The Russian military meanwhile announced plans to open escape corridors from Ukraine to Russia on a daily basis, suggesting that Kiev should accept them by 3 a.m. (0000 GMT) on Friday.
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