US has biolabs where monkeypox spread in Nigeria: Moscow
Russia said it possessed new information about the US biolabs around the world, mainly in Ukraine and Africa.
The Russian Defense Ministry has learned about 10 US projects in Ukraine where Washington and Kiev collaborated on pathogens of highly dangerous infections, as revealed on Friday by Igor Kirillov, the head of the Radiation, Chemical, and Biological Defense of the Russian Armed Forces.
"There is information about the implementation of 10 similar projects (including UP-3, UP-6, UP-8, UP-10), which included work with pathogens of especially dangerous and economically significant infections - Crimean Congo fever, leptospirosis, tick-borne encephalitis, and African swine fever," Kirillov told a press briefing.
The lives of the people of Ukraine and Europe had been jeopardized by the poor handling of pathogens, incompetence, corruption, and "destructive US influence."
US biolabs operating in monkeypox-infected areas of Nigeria
The United States is operating at least four US biological laboratories in Nigeria therefrom monkeypox was spread, Kirillov revealed, citing the World Health Organization's reports on the origin of the outbreak.
"According to the WHO report, the West African strain of the monkeypox pathogen originated from Nigeria, another country where the United States has deployed its biological infrastructure. According to available information, there are at least four biological laboratories controlled by Washington in Nigeria," Kirillov explained.
He also went on to call the UN health watchdog to investigate the operations of US-financed facilities in Nigeria.
Kirillov said there were documents found in biolabs in Ukraine and prepared by US experts that detailed training in emergency response to smallpox outbreaks
"The lack of proper controls and violations of biosecurity requirements in the United States can lead to the use of this pathogen for terrorist purposes," Kirillov stressed.
The Russian defense ministry announced that Ukrainian biolabs were part of a global monitoring system controlled by the Pentagon, which allowed the US to control their work remotely.
Moscow also exhibited documents confirming the organization of military-biological work by the Pentagon represented by the US Department of Defense Threat Reduction Department.
Rospotrebnadzor chief Anna Popova said there were more than 300 US-funded civilian and military biological laboratories in the world, with regions that have high concentrations of American labs both military and civilian, and their numbers are increasing by the day.