Washington, Mar 9 (EFE).- The United States warned Wednesday that Russia could be planning the use of chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine in a false flag operation.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki issued the warning in response to Russian accusations that the US is running an alleged biological weapons program in Ukraine.
“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. It’s a clear pattern,” Psaki wrote on her official Twitter account.
The spokeswoman was reacting to Russian government claims that it has discovered in Ukraine evidence of the “emergency destruction” of alleged US biological weapons laboratories.
Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman Igor Konashenkov claimed that on Feb. 24 employees of these laboratories allegedly reported the destruction of pathogens such as plague, anthrax, tularemia, cholera and other deadly diseases.
The United Nations said Wednesday that it has no record of the existence of illegal chemical and biological weapons programs in Ukraine, and Psaki called the accusations “preposterous.”
“It’s the kind of disinformation operation we’ve seen repeatedly from the Russians over the years in Ukraine and in other countries, which have been debunked, and an example of the types of false pretexts we have been warning the Russians would invent,” Psaki tweeted.
President Joe Biden’s spokeswoman said that the US “does not develop or possess” chemical or biological weapons “anywhere,” and that it’s “Russia that has a long and well-documented track record of using chemical weapons, including in attempted assassinations and poisoning of Putin’s political enemies like Alexey Navalny.”
“This is all an obvious ploy by Russia to try to try to justify its further premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine,” she stressed.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price also called the Russian accusations “lies” in a statement, in which he assured that “Russia has a track record of accusing the West of the very crimes that Russia itself is perpetrating.”
“We fully expect Russia to continue to double down on these sorts of claims with further unfounded allegations,” Price said, stressing that “the United States does not own or operate any chemical or biological laboratories in Ukraine.” EFE