The main goal of the US [biological laboratories] is to surround Russia not only with troops but also with bio laboratories, which, in the event of a possible military threat, will make it possible to deliver a swift strike with the most unpredictable and deadly biological weapons. As we know, a new virus can spread very quickly and its effects on humans scare even experienced doctors. At the same time, the Americans may be creating not just biological weapons, but ethnic weapons aimed exclusively at the extermination of Russians and the entire Slavic ethnic group.
Relations between Russia and Western countries, including the United States, have deteriorated due to the Ukrainian crisis, the return of Crimea to Russia in March 2014, and sanctions against Russia. For its part, Moscow is seeking to confront this hostile Western approach and to restore normal relations with the West.
This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.
Western countries are not hostile to Russia but are responding to the violation of international law caused by the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Crimea was illegally annexed by Moscow based on an illegitimate referendum. On 27 March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. On 17th December 2018, the UN General Assembly confirmed its non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea.
According to international law, Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework by illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol in 2014.
The EU's policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol includes a set of restrictive measures against entities and individuals responsible for actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity. In March 2019, on the fifth anniversary of Crimea's annexation, the EU reiterated its position of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. The EU continues to stand in full solidarity with Ukraine, supporting its sovereignty and territorial integrity.