Russia to activate biological weapons convention on Ukraine biolabs
Russia's Ambassador to the United States says Moscow will activate Articles 5 and 6 of the Biological Weapons Convention.
Russia's Ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, said during the UN Security Council's meeting on Friday that Moscow will activate Articles 5 and 6 of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) to investigate the Biolabs in Ukraine.
Nebenzia said that Russia has accumulated materials that indicate the US and Ukraine are both in violation of the BWC.
"We continue to collect these materials and analyze them," Nebenzia said, adding "Given that the American party refuses to engage in any constructive discussion on this subject, we plan to utilize the mechanisms stipulated in Articles 5 and 6 of the BWC."
Russia will present the material to the United Nations as soon as it is collected.
The UN deputy arms chief Thomas Markram suggested that the BWC be activated to address Russia's concerns over the bio-labs in Ukraine.
"I would encourage any parties with compliance concerning to use the procedures available under the Convention," Markram told the UN Security Council.
Article 5 of the BWC stipulates that "The states, parties to this Convention, undertake to consult one another and to co-operate in solving any problems which may arise in relation to the objective of, or in the application of the provisions of, the Convention. Consultation and co-operation pursuant to this Article may also be undertaken through appropriate international procedures within the framework of the United Nations and in accordance with its Charter."
Article 6 states that "any state party to this Convention, which finds that any other state party is acting in breach of obligations deriving from the provisions of the Convention, may lodge a complaint with the Security Council of the United Nations. Such a complaint should include all possible evidence confirming its validity, as well as a request for its consideration by the Security Council."