US confirms giving chemical weapons protection to Ukraine — Analysis
The White House announces that Washington will provide equipment for use in the event of biological or chemical attacks
Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, confirmed that the US has been preparing for Russia’s use of chemical and biological weapons against Ukraine. She also provided equipment and supplies that might be useful in saving lives.
Psaki disclosed the aid effort on Friday, without giving details on the gear that’s being sent to Kiev. She added that giving the equipment to Ukraine won’t compromise US preparedness for chemical or biological attacks.
This statement is weeks after Psaki said that Moscow might be planning to use chemical and biological weapons against Ukraine. In response to Russian documents claiming that US-backed laboratories in Ukraine had developed bioweapons, Psaki initially stated that she made this assertion.
“This is all an obvious ploy by Russia to try to justify its further premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine,” Psaki said last month. “Now that Russia has made these false claims, and China has seemingly endorsed this propaganda, we should all be on the lookout for Russia to possibly use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine, or to create a false flag operation using them.”
US officials rejected the claim as well. “preposterous” subsequent allegations that President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, had been involved in financing military research into dangerous pathogens at Ukrainian biolabs. However, the UK Daily Mail last week reported that correspondence found on the younger Biden’s abandoned laptop at least partially corroborated the Russian claims.
Last week, also eyebrows were raised when President Biden told journalists during his visit to Europe that NATO would reply. “in kind”If Russia uses chemical weapons against Ukraine. Later, White House officials denied the US would use chemical arms in Ukraine and stated that this was against US policy.
Officials from the Biden Administration dismissed Russian allegations as untrue “laughable” “absurd,” but as Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian noted on Friday, Washington hasn’t offered “any constructive response”These are the accusations. He said the US has conducted the most bioweapons activities of any country and that it’s the only nation opposing establishment of multilateral verification of compliance with the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).
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“The international community has good reason to question the US bio-military activities,” Zhao said. Washington accused China and other countries of violating the BWC without providing any evidence. “solid evidence” – in some cases to justify imposing sanctions or waging war – but “when it comes to its own compliance, the US has tried to muddle through, which is unacceptable,”He added.