MOSCOW, November 24. /TASS/. Russia considers the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) one of the pillars in the architecture of international security, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said at a news conference on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the Ninth BWC Review Conference, he said, "We view the BWC as an international security pillar. Today, just as 50 years ago, in 1972, when it was opened for signature, its goal is still very relevant - to prevent using chemicals as a weapon," the senior Russian diplomat said.
The important role of this international legal instrument and the demand for it "were confirmed by real life in recent years," Ryabkov said, referring to COVID-19. Given the impact of the pandemic on "the international community and international relations, it is hard to imagine the potential size and scope of the aftermath of any activity with pathogens involving their use as weapons," he added.
The Ninth BWC Review Conference opens in Geneva on November 28, the diplomat announced. The event will run through December 16. Participants in the conference will review the implementation of the BWC for any weaknesses and carry out a detailed analysis of the current situation. Decisions and recommendations will also be drafted to make the BWC regime even more universal, and priorities will be outlined for the next review period, Ryabkov concluded.