World Vladimir Putin's Adviser Says U.S. Is Developing Biological Weapons Near Russia
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Russian President's chief security adviser has said Moscow has "good reason to believe" the U.S. is developing biological weapons along the borders of Russia and China.
Nikolai Patrushev, who is the secretary of Russia's Security Council, made the comments during a part of an interview with the newspaper Kommersant, in which journalist Elena Chernenko asked him about claims that China had "deliberately caused" the coronavirus pandemic.
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Defending Beijing, Patrushev replied: "I suggest that you look at how more and more biological laboratories under U.S. control are growing considerably in the world and by a strange coincidence, mainly by the Russian and Chinese borders."
Russia shares land borders with 16 countries—the most of any nation in the world. China shares frontiers with 14 countries, as well as the special administrative region of Hong Kong. Patrushev did not name any specific countries, but said: "Americans help local scientists develop new ways to fight dangerous diseases."
"We and our Chinese partners have questions. We are told that there are peaceful sanitary and epidemiological stations near our borders, but for some reason, they are more more reminiscent of Fort Detrick in Maryland, where Americans have been working in the field of military biology for decades."
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He added that the authorities in those jurisdictions "have no real idea of what is happening within their walls," and that there were outbreaks "uncharacteristic for these regions" in neighboring areas—although he did not specify any disease.
Putin's chief security advisor Nikolai Patrushev calls for collaboration between Russia and the US, but at the same time accuses the US of running bioweapons labs along the borders of Russia and China. /1https://t.co/JFXsYnNqTz— Artyom Lukin (@ArtyomLukin) April 8, 2021
When asked directly if he believed the Americans are developing biological weapons there, Patrushev replied: "We have good reason to believe that this is exactly the case." Newsweek has contacted the U.S. State Department for comment.
In the wide-ranging interview, Patrushev then went on to reject accusations Russia developed and used chemical weapons, including against the former spy Sergei Skripal and Kremlin critic.
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"There is zero evidence," said Patrushev, who was formerly the director of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), "only speculation."
Patrushev also criticized President's affirmative response comparing it to former British prime minister Winston Churchill's Fulton speech in March 1946 "in which he declared our country...an enemy."
"This marked the start of the Cold War," Patrushev said, adding that "we would really not want" any increase in hostilities, however he suggested Biden's comment may not have been his fault.
"It cannot be ruled out that the American president was deliberately provoked to such a statement by circles interested in increasing tensions in our bilateral relations."
Meanwhile, the Kremlin did not expect an apology from the U.S, for the "killer" comment. "As experience shows, Americans, in principle, are not able to admit their guilt under any circumstances," Patrushev said.
Despite his repeated criticism of the U.S. in the interview, which included taking swipes at its COVID response and the(BLM) matter movement, Patrushev was still optimistic that Moscow could work with Washington, citing the deal to extend the as an example of cooperation.
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