US Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield denied allegations on Friday regarding the alleged US-funded biological laboratories in Ukraine.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield made a statement during the Security Council Meeting on Russia’s allegations of military biological activities in Ukraine.
Greenfield accused Russia of “lying and spreading misinformation” and claimed that the UN was not aware of any biological or chemical programs in Ukraine.
“Russia asked the Security Council for today’s meeting for the sole person of lying and spreading disinformation, and that is exactly what you have heard from the Russian PR this morning,” she said. “You have heard from Ms. Nakamitsu that the UN is not aware of any biological or chemical weapons programs in Ukraine,” she added.
She also mentioned how Secretary of State Antony Blinken “laid out with tragic accuracy” Russia’s plans for invading Ukraine on false pretexts.
“Last month, Secretary Blinkin laid out with tragic accuracy what Russia was about to do. He specifically warned that Russia would manufacture a pretext for attack and even cautioned that Russia would fabricate allegations about chemical or biological weapons to justify its own violent attacks against the Ukrainian people. Today, the world is watching Russia do exactly what we warned it would,” she said.
Greenfield went on and criticized Russia for attempting to ‘justify Putin’s war choice’ and China for spreading disinformation in support of Russia.
“Russia is attempting to use the Security Council to legitimize disinformation and deceive people, to justify President Putin’s war of choice against the Ukrainian people. And China, too, has been spreading disinformation in support of Russia’s outrageous claims,” Greenfield claimed.
Greenfield declared that Ukraine does not have biological weapons near Russia’s border or anywhere. This is contrary to China’s allegations that the United States has 336 biological labs in 30 countries around the world and there are 26 US biological labs in Ukraine alone.
“I will say this once. Ukraine does not have a biological weapons program, there are no Ukrainian biological weapons laboratories supported by the United States, not near Russia’s border or anywhere. So here are the facts,” Greenfield affirmed.
She then admitted that Ukraine operates its own public health laboratory that the US was working “proudly, clearly, and out in the open.”
“Ukraine owns and operates its own public health laboratory infrastructure. These facilities make it possible to detect and diagnose diseases like Covid-19, which benefit us all. The United States has assisted Ukraine to do this safely and securely. This is work that has been done proudly, clearly, and out in the open. This work has everything to do with protecting the health of people,” she said.
Greenfield continued to attack Russia by saying they were the aggressor.
“It has absolutely nothing, absolutely nothing to do with biological weapons. In fact, it is Russia that has long maintained a biological weapon program in violation of international law. It is Russia that has a well-documented history of using chemical weapons. It is Russia who is the aggressor here. It was Russian operatives who poisoned Alexei Navalny and Sergei and Yulia Skripal with nerve agents,” Greenfield defended.
“It is Russia that continues to support the Assad regime in Syria and shield it from accountability when the UN and the OPCW have confirmed that Assad has repeatedly used chemical weapons over the past several years. And we’re deeply concerned that Russia’s calling for this meeting is a potential false flag effort in action, exactly the kind we have been warning about, including from Secretary Blinkin here in the Security Council last month,” she continued.