Russia says the United States is considering moving its unfinished biological weapons development programs from Ukraine to another country in Eastern Europe, in a move that threatens the host country.
Russia has already said it has discovered signs of several biological laboratories in Ukraine.
The labs would have worked on pathogens that could be used in the production of the banned biological weapons.
Russia said it also found documents indicating that the Pentagon had funded this research.
The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that it had evidence that tissue samples and dangerous pathogens were now being moved from Ukraine to foreign countries, Sputnik reported.
“Right now we are seeing several publications in the foreign press with a nervous reaction from Washington to the publication of extremely sensitive documents by the [Russian] Department of Defense. Journalists note that U.S. intelligence is taking unprecedented steps to prevent Russia from gaining access to potential witnesses close to the implementation of the Pentagon’s classified biological military projects in Ukraine,” the Department of Defense said. .
Ukraine has been embroiled in a war with Russia since Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a military campaign in the neighboring country in late February. The Russian president said the campaign was aimed at “denazifying” Ukraine.
During the press briefing, the ministry also said that kyiv had asked Turkish drone manufacturer Bayraktar to equip some of its drones with aerosol spray systems that can contain and disperse up to 20 liters of the substance.
He said kyiv filed the request in mid-December last year – before the ongoing war in Ukraine – to prepare for the use of biological weapons against Russia.
The head of the radiation protection, chemical and biological protection troops of the Russian Armed Forces, Igor Kirillov, warned that this could create “a real threat of large-scale use of biological weapons on Russian territory”.
He said the patent for a drone capable of dispersing insects infected with dangerous pathogens has been registered in the United States, meaning that such a device has already been developed and is working.
The patent description, according to Kirillov, specifies that the device could be used to kill or incapacitate enemy troops without any threat to the US military.
Ukraine and Russia signed a treaty banning biological weapons. But Russia has said for years that former Soviet countries were making biological weapons in US-funded labs.