Disinfo: US imposed sanctions on Russian institutions over COVID-19 vaccine development

Summary

The second thing we [Russia] will surely see in the near future is a clash [with Western countries] over the vaccine. We are still awaiting sanctions for the COVID-19 vaccine. After all, they have already imposed sanctions on those institutions that participated in the development of it [the Russian COVID-19 vaccine].

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the western sanctions against Russia.

The US Bureau of Industry and Security is indeed imposing sanctions on three Russian research institutions. This is stated in the document of the US Bureau of Industry and Security dated 27 August. US sanctions have nothing to do with the production of a vaccine against the new strain of coronavirus. According to the document the sanctioned entities are associated with development of biological and chemical weapons in Russia:  

The ERC [the End-User Review Committee, composed of representatives of the Departments of Commerce, State, Defense, Energy and, where appropriate, the Treasury] has determined to add 33rd Scientific Research and Testing Institute; 48th Central Scientific Research Institute, Kirov; 48th Central Scientific Research Institute, Sergiev Posad; 48th Central Scientific Research Institute, Yekaterinburg; and State Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology under the destination of Russia, based on their involvement with the Russian military. Specifically, the ERC has reasonable cause to believe that 33rd Scientific Research and Testing Institute is a Ministry of Defense facility associated with the Russian chemical program and chemical weapons testing range, and that State Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology is a Russian Ministry of Defense facility associated with the Russian chemical weapons program. The ERC also has reasonable cause to believe that 48th Central Scientific Research Institute, Kirov; 48th Central Scientific Research Institute, Sergiev Posad; and 48th Central Scientific Research Institute, Yekaterinburg are Ministry of Defense facilities associated with the Russian biological weapons program.

The list also includes companies from China, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Switzerland and the UAE. 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 211
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, vaccination, laboratory, Biological weapons, Chemical weapons/attack

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