Russian Foreign Ministry: The Pentagon’s Activity in Tbilisi is Concerning

In Georgia it is claimed that the Lugar Center protects the country against coronavirus…

The work carried out by United States specialists at the Lugar laboratory in Tbilisi contradicts the obligations of the United States and Georgia, which these countries have assumed by signing the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC), reminds the Russian Foreign Ministry.

In this regard, Russia has many serious questions about the military biological activity of the US Department of Defence in many regions, especially directly near the borders of the Russian Federation.

“Claims that the activity of the Pentagon and related structures is focused exclusively on health issues are obvious deceit. One does not need to be an expert in this sphere to understand that Georgia’s assistance in the field of health does not require the participation of the US military. The true purpose of their stay on the territory of the research center named after R. Lugar is still not disclosed. Moreover, the explanations made by the American side that the military unit is engaged in collecting biomaterials and monitoring the epidemiological situation in the country only reinforce our concerns in the context of compliance with the BTWC”, said the Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia proposes to correct the situation and “allow Russian experts to all laboratory buildings (including the premises occupied by American military specialists), which will allow for real verification.”

Moscow emphasises that the Russian side is always open to discussing this problem “with the participation of representatives of interested departments of both sides”. And they note that the corresponding proposal has been passed to the American side.

However, Tbilisi refuses to even discuss this topic, calling the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry “another disinformation attack”.

“The Russian Foreign Ministry carried out another disinformation attack on the Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research, which is one of the examples of a strategic partnership between Georgia and the United States,” reported “News Georgia”, quoting the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Tbilisi noted that they will not even enter into a discussion on this issue, since the work of this Biolab saved the country from great casualties during the coronavirus pandemic. Well, the most important argument from the point of view of Tbilisi is the fact that today Georgia is “included in the European Union‘s list of safe countries”. Therefore, the Lugar Center stands for protecting the epidemiological safety of Georgia. And it will be possible for Russian specialists to visit this Center as part of any international delegation that occasionally visit such institutions. For such delegations, they arrange a kind of tour of the biolaboratories and show what can be shown. However, Russia is not satisfied with such “excursions”, as the Russian side has repeatedly stated.

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