Disinfo: Ethnic weapons have already been created

Summary

As it turned out at the end of last year, American laboratories in Armenia, together with the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) are engaged in the study of the Armenian genotype. The project is financed by NATO, the Pentagon, and the EU. The information is extremely alarming. Pentagon “biologists” have all strains of local pathogens of infections and viruses, which makes it possible to develop biological weapons.

(According to a former member of the UN Biological Weapons Commission I. Nikulin,) “In fact, ethnic weapons have already been created. At least, bird flu clearly hits the Chinese, SARS – the Europeans, the virus, for example, Ebola, Marburg – the Africans. The outbreaks of various epidemics since these laboratories appeared on the borders of the Russian Federation are ten times greater than the period when they were not there.”

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the development of biological weapons by the United States. The conspiracy about US biolabs in countries bordering Russia aiming to encircle Moscow and spread infectious diseases is a part of a years-long disinformation campaign led by the Kremlin. It is also consistent with the Pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign against biological laboratories in Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine and other countries. There is no evidence to claim that the US is developing biological weapons. There is also no evidence to support the claim that partnering biolabs under the agreement have become epicentres for the spread of infectious diseases or have been used to attack populations.

The project in question is the Armenian Genome project. This is a joint initiative of the Institute of Molecular Biology of Armenia and New Ventures Funds. The project seeks to increase the amount of genetic research in the field of healthcare and has nothing to do with the creation of biological weapons.The project is not financed by the EU, NATO, or the Pentagon and did not start yet.

There is no evidence that SARS, MERS, Ebola, Marburg or avian influenzas viruses were created in laboratories and directed against particular ethnic groups. All the talk about ethnic weapons (biogenetic weapon) that aims to harm only, or primarily, people of specific ethnicities or genotypes is theoretical.

See similar cases claiming that the "US creates ethnic weapons against Russians and Slavs in its biolabs", that US military biological laboratories encircle Russia, or The Pentagon creates biological laboratories around the world to develop “combat” viruses. 

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  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/04/2020
  • Country: Armenia, Russia
  • Keywords: Lugar Laboratory, laboratory, Biological weapons, Encircling Russia, Conspiracy
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