This Feb 19, 2020 photo shows the Pentagon seen from an airplane over Washington D.C., the United States. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
MOSCOW – US biological research, which is conducted secretly, is fraught with the risk of virus leakages, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday.
"The United States has never been explicit about how dedicated it is to ensure research safety in the bio-labs it oversees," Igor Kirillov, chief of the Radiation, Chemical and Biological Defense Forces of the Russian Armed Forces, said during a briefing.
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The lack of transparency of their activities creates a risk of the spread of dangerous pathogens.
Igor Kirillov, Russian Armed Forces
“The lack of transparency of their activities creates a risk of the spread of dangerous pathogens," Kirillov said as the Russian Defense Ministry continues to analyze the military-biological activities of the United States and its allies around the world.
Moving the most dangerous research outside the US territory is part of Washington's bio-security strategy, and placing bio-objects in other countries does not consider the interests of local populations and poses a serious threat to entire regions, he said.
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The US leadership continues to involve government agencies not directly related to public health in biomedical programs in a bid to divert public attention away from the primary beneficiary, the Pentagon, said Kirillov.