Russia Links Deadly Outbreak To U.S.-Funded Biolabs

( Last week, Russia requested a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to level Moscow’s wild allegations that there are military bio-weapons labs in Ukraine funded by the United States.

The meeting was requested by the Russian Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy, who, on Twitter Thursday echoed the claims by Russia and China that the United States is involved in secret biological weapons research in Ukraine.

The US denies the claim, warning that Russia may be spreading the allegations to lay the groundwork for a so-called “false flag” operation.

Russia’s Ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia claimed that Russia’s Defense Ministry possessed documented evidence that at least 30 bio-labs in Ukraine are carrying out “very dangerous biological experiments” and the work “is being done and funded and supervised by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the United States.”

Nebenzia made the unsubstantiated claim that pathogens like rubella, Diptheria, tuberculosis, and swine flu were released from labs and by March 2016, 364 Ukrainians died of swine flu as a result.

Barbara Woodward, the UK’s Ambassador to the UN called Nebenzia’s allegations “utter nonsense.” She accused Moscow of “sinking to new depths” and urged the Security Council not to get “dragged down with it.”

The UN’s disarmament chief Izumi Nakamitsu told the Security Council that she was aware of the claims made by Russia, but the UN knew of no biological weapons program in Ukraine.

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield also denied Nebenzia’s allegations, arguing that the bio-labs in Ukraine are public health labs used to detect and diagnose diseases. Greenfield said that the US would not allow Russia to lie to the world or stain the integrity of the Security Council “by using it as a venue for legitimizing Putin’s violence.”

Greenfield also accused China of spreading Russia’s disinformation about the bio-weapons labs.

China’s Ambassador Zhang Jun urged the Security Council to investigate Russia’s claims to “provide a comprehensive clarification and accept a multilateral verification.”

But Ambassador Woodward of the UK argued that the UN Security Council shouldn’t be used as “an audience for Russia’s domestic propaganda.”