Moscow accuses the US of funding biowarfare despite at one point participating in the same Pentagon program.
The decades-old program was created to secure unguarded biological weapons after the fall of the Soviet Union. Funds and knowledge were provided to scientists working with dangerous pathogens that were left virtually out in the open with little regard for safety. The program was established with the hope of building trust between the US and Russia.
Moscow now accuses the Pentagon of using that program to develop biowarfare tactics.
“These were not peaceful experiments,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier in the month.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry echoed those sentiments. “Russia has found during its military operations that the U.S. uses these facilities to conduct bio-military plans,” its spokesman told reporters.
US officials adamantly deny the allegations, warning Moscow may be setting itself up to justify its own use of weapons of mass destruction.
“We believe that Moscow may be setting the stage to use a chemical weapon and then falsely blame Ukraine to justify escalating its attacks on the Ukrainian people,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said last week. “Manufacturing events and creating false narratives of genocide to justify greater use of military force is a tactic that Russia has used before.”