‘US admits running bio research on low-income Ukrainians’

This March 18, 2022 file photo shows a Security Council meeting on the biological security issue in Ukraine at the UN headquarters in New York. (XIE E / XINHUA)

MOSCOW – The US delegation in Geneva has admitted that Washington had been conducting biological research on low-income citizens from Ukraine at a meeting of the states parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, Russia's Sputnik news agency has reported.

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"US and Ukrainian explanations regarding the export of strains and biomaterial belongings to Ukrainian citizens, and their adherence to ethical standards when conducting research on military personnel, low-income citizens, as well as … patients in psychiatric hospitals, looked extremely unconvincing," Igor Kirillov, chief of the Radiation, Chemical and Biological Defense Forces of the Russian Armed Forces, was quoted by the media as saying.

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Washington admitted to carrying out the research, the Russian officer said, adding that the transfer of pathogenic biomaterials to the United States was not done frequently.