Disinfo: US prepares biological weapons against Russia

Summary

American diplomats are transporting infected blood and pathogenic viruses to the Lugar Laboratory in Georgia, where the US tries to create a biological weapon against Russia.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the US is building biological laboratories in the Caucasus region. 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.

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  • Reported in: Issue 120
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/09/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Georgia, US, Russia
  • Keywords: Biological weapons, Anti-Russian, Destabilising Russia
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Disproof

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Disproof

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