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US pledges to breathe new life into the Convention on the Prohibition of Bioweapons

The United States will present a number of initiatives to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention. This was announced by the US President’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Friday, November 19.

“We are concerned that a number of countries still maintain biological weapons programs, while other powers and non-state actors are seeking to acquire them. Therefore, we are determined to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention and breathe new life into it, ”said his statement, posted on the White House website.

He also expressed concern about the growing threat of “laboratory incidents” with biotechnology products or deliberate manipulation of them. Sullivan called the coronavirus pandemic “a wake-up call for humanity.”

The Ninth Review Conference is expected to be held in Geneva no later than 2021.

On October 7, Russia and China announced that they consider the military biological activities of the United States and its allies to threaten the national security of the two countries. According to them, the activities of the States raises serious concerns and questions in the international community with regard to compliance with the Biological Weapons Convention.

On the eve of the Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Alexander Fedorov, said that the uncontrolled expansion of the network of American biological laboratories along the perimeter of the borders of Russia causes concern in Moscow and the world community.

In April, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said that Russia has good reason to believe that biological weapons are being developed in US-controlled biological laboratories. According to him, basically these laboratories appear at the borders of Russia and China. At the same time, in the areas where such enterprises were organized, outbreaks of diseases were observed that were not typical for that area.