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Without evidence: the UN responded to the RF accusations of the presence of biological weapons in Ukraine

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Russia was deliberately spreading misinformation to distract the community from the war in Ukraine. She believes that such meetings are a colossal waste of time.

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On October 27, at the request of Russia, the UN Security Council met in an emergency meeting to discuss the Kremlin's statement about the alleged military biological program in Ukraine. Despite all the allegations from the Russian side, the UN still does not see any signs that Ukraine possesses biological weapons. The results of the meeting of the Security Council are reported by the press service of the organization.

Statements of the UN representatives

The UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu said that the organization did not see any evidence from the Russian Federation about the presence of biological weapons in Ukraine. In turn, speaking at the meeting, UN representative Adedeji Ebo said that the UN is not aware of such a program, however, if the Security Council decides to investigate, the UN will support it.

“I would also like to point out that at present the United Nations has neither the mandate nor the technical or operational capacity for such an investigation,” he added.

Moreover, Ebo explained that the Mining Ban Convention and the use of chemical and bacteriological weapons does not contain any indication of the type of investigation that the Security Council may initiate. There are also no guidelines on the methods to be used in such investigations.

Ukrainian statements

Deputy representative of Ukraine in the Security Council Christina Gaevishyn categorically denied the accusations of the Russian side and said that Ukraine had never developed, produced or stored – alone or jointly with anyone – biological or chemical weapons.

“Our the country does not have the appropriate infrastructure for the development and production of biological weapons,” Gaevishin emphasized.

US Ambassador's comments

During the meeting, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield commented on Russia's accusations. According to her, the only goal of Moscow, which initiated the meeting, was to spread disinformation. In this regard, she described the meeting of the Security Council on this issue as “a colossal waste of time.”

“No matter how many meetings Russia tries to convene on this issue. And no matter how much it spins its propaganda machine. We We must not divert UN resources to baseless investigations, and we must not allow Russia to distract us from her brutal war of aggression,” Thomas-Greenfield said.