ANKARA – The UN has said that it does not have any mandate to probe the Russian allegations that Ukraine has a biological weapons program.
Speaking at a UN Security Council briefing, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu reiterated that the UN is not aware of any such biological weapons programs.
“I would also like to note that the United Nations currently has neither the mandate nor the technical or operational capacity to investigate this information,” said Nakamitsu.
On March 10, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed it had obtained documents indicating that US-sponsored biological laboratories in Ukraine conducted experiments with bat coronavirus samples.
US envoy Linda Thomas-Greenfield had denied the claims, saying there are no Ukrainian biological weapons laboratories.
“Not near Russia’s border, not anywhere. They’re only public health facilities proudly supported and recognized by the US government, the World Health Organization, and other governments and international institutions,” said the US envoy.
She repeated her accusation against Russia and went on: “In fact, it is Russia that has long maintained a biological weapons program in violation of international law. It is Russia that has a well-documented history of using chemical weapons.”