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U.S. Biological Weapons Surrounding Russia, Says FM

Moscow alleges that the U.S. is actively obstructing international efforts to end the use of biological weapons.

The Russian Foreign Ministry accused the United States of secretly attempting to involve other countries in research into biological weapons, and pointed out that Washington has handled such weapons badly in the past, according to RT.

U.S. Biological Weapons Surrounding Russia, Says FM

Recent anthrax scare provides ammunition for Russia

Allegations over the handling of biological weapons are related to the recent investigation into the shipping of live anthrax spores from a U.S. military lab. The Pentagon has admitted that live samples were sent out by mistake to 51 labs located in 17 U.S. states and three other countries.

A statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry claimed that the shipment “posed a high risk of outbreak that threatened not only the US population, but also other countries, including Canada and Australia. Of great concern is the shipment of bacteria to a US military facility in a third country, the Osan Air Base in South Korea.”

Russia claims that further evidence of the mishandling of biological weapons is provided by an anthrax outbreak which occurred in 2001, also connected to a U.S. military lab.

Russia fears encirclement by U.S. biological weapons

Moscow is particularly concerned by the developments due to the fact that neighboring Georgia is home to a research facility dedicated to biohazard agents. Russia alleges that the Richard G. Lugar Center for Public and Animal Health Research, near the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, is in fact a secret U.S. research facility.

“American and Georgian authorities are trying to cover up the real nature of this US military unit, which studies highly dangerous infectious diseases. The Pentagon is trying to establish similar covert medico-biological facilities in other countries [in Russia’s neighborhood],” the Russian ministry said.

Such actions are undermining efforts to end the use of biological weapons under the terms of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC), an international treaty which was signed in 1972. Moscow also alleges that the U.S. blocked further talks over the BWTC.

The accusations are the latest in a series of statements in which Russia accuses the U.S. of violating international treaties on weapons control, non-proliferation and disarmament. Russia has been responding to an annual U.S. report on the issue, in which Washington accuses Moscow of a series of treaty violations.

Russia calls the report “megaphone diplomacy” and alleges that the U.S. is making no effort to resolve the differences between the two nations, and simply wants to judge Russia’s behavior.

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  • Joe Dirt

    Who are you quoting? CNN or official statements? Cause no such thing were said. You’ve been massively misinformed once again.

    “Aggressive Provocation”?!? You must be mad! Russians don’t enter any country’ airspace. They are flying well within international law limits. What American pilots doing flying near St Petersburg within 10 feet of Russian jets protecting homeland? What American troops and tanks doing on Russian border? And you are telling me that it’s Russians who are provoking? Insane statements. You’ve gone mad with the rest of western propaganda

  • Joe Dirt

    Hey Zero, there were no gunmen at voting stations – none. Year after the vote British and German came to Crimea and polled local residents – 90% confirmed their choice to separate from Ukraine. There were European parliamentarians at polling stations during vote and no one noted any vote violations. Just because Crimean residents decision doesnt sit well with you does not make it less legit.

    1992 Russia did not guarantee that if Ukrainian people decide to go back to Russia, Russia wouldn’t take them. Russia agreed not to attack or seize territory. Russia followed thru. Crimea VOTED to join Russia and separate from oppressive Kiev regime.

    Besides, I remember West agreed not to expand NATO to the East if Berlin Wall to come down. Guess what genius? You’ve already broke all the initial agreements. You have no moral grounds to open your mouth.

  • Zer0

    “Russia threatens to aim nuclear missiles at Denmark ships if it joins NATO shield”, yea constructive dialog like that? Or all the near misses (within 10ft of Nato jet)with Nato forces as Russia steps up military patrols they stopped for years? those kind of things are aggressive Russian provocations. There is no message other than give them want they want or else! That’s not dialog, that’s bullying your weaker neighbors as they have for many decades thoughout history…

  • Zer0

    Joe, You forgot to put “Voted” in quotes.That was a vote under duress @ best. Little green men? those were nato stormtroopers who seized Crimea? If Crimea wants to hold an HONEST open Election about their future great. It shouldn’t be conducted as the Russian military invades Ukraine’s sovereign lands that RUSSIA agreed to in 1992!!! but yea those pesky “facts” & truths don’t get thought of or spoken of in the red square do they?

  • Joe Dirt

    That’s no true. Russia never made those statements. This is yet another western media lie by the very same people who made you to believe that Iraq had WMDs. Russian officials were making remarks about level of readiness of Russian strategic nuclear forces, urging western “partners” not to escalate. That’s far from the threat. That’s constructive dialogue.

  • Joe Dirt

    Crimea VOTED to join Russia after Korsun-Shevchenkovsk massacre and other hate crimes committed by pro Kiev neo Nazies thugs against Crimean residents. I guess your media did not report to you these “minor details” did they? Quick quiz question: What other nation declared independence from oppressive government in 1700s? Why do you deny the same right to Crimea residents or East Ukraine?

  • Joe Dirt

    Russia does not threat anyone. Nonsense instilled in your mind by media. The very same people who made you to believe that Vietnamese attacked US or Iraq had WMDs. Think about it…

  • Frank Siler

    Some Russians want to poison Adolf Putin he has his food and drink checked daily. He is a liar and deceiver

  • Frank Siler

    We will bury you and turn your evil empire to ashes

  • CK

    So i guess telling someone that if they decide to beef up their defense capabilities they’d be the target of nuclear weapons is not threatening at all. Either you’ve went through the crappiest public school system in the nation or you’re a Russian troll.

  • Concerto_in_C

    USA also put exfoliants into Putin’s soup to accelerate his hair loss thus causing him to go into depression and decreasing his effectiveness as a leader.

    Feed the Russians trolls whatever suits their taste. They like their propaganda diet.

  • Gregory Ditto

    funny – this probably means just the opposite – it means that russia is about to unleash biological weapons around the world. they always blame somebody else for things they are doing or about to do

  • Jason

    This can counter react because even Russia can develop a Biological weapon and put it near the US even a tourist can carry a virus. This sad because now we are operating like we are terrorists which makes no difference with the ISIS.

  • Vince Scopa

    Alex you are a troll. the russia cheif of staff for the MOD threatened Denmark if it conducted exercises with NATO, Putin told the world he was thinking of putting nuclear forces on alert when he ordered the invasion of Crimea, the head of the russian propaganda depart, excuse the communications director for the kremlin said only russia had the power to turn the US into radioactive dust, Putin told a gathering of international economists he could destroy the US in 30 minutes. Out of context? You stupid troll, that was your god speaking, he made the threats.

  • Vince Scopa

    The russians never accused us of hacking emails and telephone calls, Snowden did and while i agree this snooping by the NSA needs to stop, with a court order and good probable cause, it still requires much of the same technology that the mass snooping did. Russia does not have the capability. as for chemical/biological weapons, the US has spent billions building facilities to destroy the stockpile of chemical and biological weapons. this was under a WMD treaty signed with the old USSR. Russia never developed or built the systems necessary to destroy their stockpiles. makes you wonder who has what.

  • Alex K

    Per artcile: The Pentagon has admitted that live samples were sent out by mistake to 51 labs located in 17 U.S. states and three other countries. How is this even possible?

  • Alex K

    Well Snowden proved that some of accusation are true and I am not saying that Russians are saints.

  • Alex K

    Well copy paste article or link when Russia threatened someone.. and I am not talking about some local idiot journalists that runs his mouth.. Do not just selectively point things out of context. From what I’ve read the message always was.. “if we are threatened or attacked we will respond with full force” that is normally the message I saw..

  • Aplexiz

    US is the global poisoner. Among people poisoners are the most repugnant kind of murderers and are dealt with accordingly. So should be done to the US. And this shall be done. Sooner or later.

  • Zer0

    They threaten NATO members all the time! Subs, Air, & with first strike nukes. Don’t you read or watch the news at all? So much for living in the information age I guess? They also just seized a large chunk of Ukraine, because they think it was more Russian than Ukranian(or Tartar) I think the US needs to stop & destroy all biological & chemical warfare though. Also the US should be way more transparent in what the government does in the name of ALL Americans. Do we really need military bases in every country in the world?

  • privat opinion

    Ebola was Usa’s hand’s deal.

  • Joe Dirt

    We’ve lost the count how many time US government broke international laws. Speak up people!

  • Joe Dirt

    Minor detail: Russia did not threaten anyone with nuclear strike. USA on the other hand…

  • CK

    So right after Russia threatens their neighbors with nuclear first strikes now they’re saying the U.S. is obstructing efforts in reducing biological weapons? Who’s in charge of their propaganda department? They need to be sent to Siberia immediately, even CNN does a better job at being consistent.

  • Vince Scopa

    We now know Russia is developing biological weapons. the standard method of russia, under the Czars, commies, and now Putin is to always accuse you of the crimes they are guilty of. the accuse the US and the EU of fomenting war and murder in Ukraine, and they deny the most blatant observations of the russian military involvement in Ukraine, the doctor photographs of the Malaysian Airliner incident and then blame Ukraine, they doctor photographs taken by the UN in other conflicts and their propaganda then blames Ukraine for doing propaganda. the list is endless. when russia talks lies are the first thing to come from them. I have lived and worked for 6 years in russia and the past 4+ years in eastern Ukraine. i base this on experience. if a russian tells you the sky is blue, go outside and look.