Disinfo: A network of US military laboratories deployed across Georgia to deal with biological weapons

Summary

The lab in Georgia is nothing else but “a military biological base of the US Army on Georgian soil”.

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US-funded medical facility, known as the Richard G. Lugar Center for Public Health Research, in Georgia could be a cover for a bioweapons laboratory.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation that the US/the West is building biological laboratories in the Caucasus region in order to use them as a test site https://euvsdisinfo.eu/shock-conspiracy-chemical-attack/ euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77462&date=

No evidence given.

The Central Public Health Reference Laboratory (CPHRL), the so called Lugar Laboratory was opened in 2011 under the Framework Agreement signed in 1997 and the Agreement on Cooperation in the Area of Prevention of Proliferation of Technology, Pathogens and Expertise Related to the Development of Biological Weapons signed between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Georgian Defense Ministry in 2002. The United States provided a total of USD 350 million for the construction and technical equipment of the laboratory. In 2013 the laboratory moved to subordination of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) and from 2018 the Government of Georgia will assume responsibility for full funding and operation of the Lugar center and laboratory network. Further debunking by Myth Detector: www.mythdetector.ge/en/myth/sakinform-and-zakharova-looking-georgian-trace-skripal-poisoning

See also a debunk regarding similar narrative in Armenia: uicarmenia.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Report-english.pdf

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 118
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/09/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US, Georgia
  • Keywords: Igor Giorgadze, Gennady Onishchenko, Biological weapons
  • Outlet: 60 minut @Russia 1 TV, 37:30
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There was no Russian occupation in Georgia

A host of TV Obiektivi, Valeri Kvaratskhelia, denied the occupation of Georgia by Russia: “When you are asked a question about occupation, why do not you answer straightly that there has been no such thing as occupation? There is not even a hint of occupation.”

“If we recognize that Abkhazia and Ossetia are occupied by Russia, then the remaining part of Georgia is occupied by Americans. They are everywhere. They rule Georgia”, said Kvaratskhelia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Georgia being allegedly occupied by the US.

Georgia is a sovereign country. Many international organizations condemned the occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, see e.g. the OSCE statements here and here and European Parliament's declaration.

Merkel called on Georgia to accept Syrian refugees

During her visit to Georgia on 22 August, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the country to receive Syrian refugees.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative: euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=refugee&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_language%5B%5D=geo&date=,

Angela Merkel did indeed speak, about migration during her visit in Georgia, but she mentioned the asylum-seekers from Georgia, and not the Syrian refugees. According to Merkel, the number of asylum-seekers from Georgia drastically increased in Germany after the introduction of visa-free regime. According to Mythdetektor, she also added that Germany would recognize Georgia as a safe country of origin for the return of migrants.