U.S. biological laboratories, which contain samples of highly dangerous infections to “prevent the development of bioweapons,” wrote on Tuesday, May 26, “Ukrainskie Novosti” with reference to data from the Ministry of Health.
Eight laboratories on the basis of regional laboratory centers were built and upgraded with the participation of the U.S. Special Defense Agency (DTRA) under the “Program for involvement in special biological activities” in the period from 2005 to 2014. The laboratories were built in the Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovsk, Transcarpathian, Lviv, Kharkiv, Kherson and Ternopil regions, as well as on the basis of the Republican Laboratory Center of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
“The provisions of the contract provided for assistance to Ukraine in preventing the spread of technologies, pathogens and knowledge that are located in the Research Institute of Epidemiology and Hygiene (Lviv), the Ukrainian Research Institute of Anti-Plague (Odessa) and institutions of the Ministry of Health, as well as other objects that can be used in the development of biological weapons,” – said the Ministry of Health.
In 2016, within the framework of a memorandum between the Ministry of European Integration of Ukraine and Black and Veatch Special Projects Corp resumed cooperation. In 2016-2019, it was planned to spend $1.28m dollars. The main task was to connect Ukrainian laboratories to a single online system of software for the Electronic Integrated Disease Surveillance System (EIISNZ).
At the same time, only laboratories and institutes of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine approved by the Ukrainian and American parties are allowed to participate in the programme. The document also contains a condition of free access to the facilities for representatives of Black and Veatch Special Projects Corp.
On 17 April, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said that American laboratories located outside the United States may develop deadly pathogens, including for military purposes. The U.S. is trying to strengthen its biological presence in the post-Soviet space, she said. Thus, Moscow is aware that Washington offered Georgia to expand military research in the bio-laboratory, located near Tbilisi.