ISTANBUL (AA) – China has asked Washington to release “relevant details as soon as possible” regarding alleged US biological laboratories in Ukraine.
“According to the data released by the US itself, the US has 26 biological laboratories and other related facilities in Ukraine which has indeed attracted great attention,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a news conference in Beijing.
A similar claim was made Sunday by Russian Defense Ministry that there was “evidence of a US-financed military biological program developed in Ukraine.”
Moscow said the lab was “revealed during Russia’s special operation in that country.”
“All dangerous viruses in Ukraine must be stored in these laboratories. All research activities are led by the US. No information is allowed to be disclosed without the permission of the US side,” claimed Zhao, according to a transcription of the news conference.
Russia’s war on Ukraine has drawn international condemnation, led to financial sanctions on Moscow, and spurred an exodus of global firms from Russia.
The West has also imposed biting export restrictions on key technologies that are now prohibited from being sent to Russia.
At least 406 civilians have been killed and 801 injured in Ukraine since the beginning of the war, according to UN figures.
But the international body has maintained that conditions on the ground have made it “difficult to verify” the true number of casualties.
As many as 2 million people have fled to neighboring countries, according to the UN Refugee Agency.