MOSCOW, February 6. /TASS/. The US scientist who led the medical journal Lancet’s investigation of the origin of COVID-19, Jeffrey Sachs, has agreed to interact with the Russian parliamentary commission probing into the activities of biological laboratories in Ukraine. Members of the commission were to communicate with him by video link on Monday, Irina Yarovaya, the commission’s co-chair, Deputy Speaker of the State Duma, said at the commission’s meeting.
"We have received a confirmation and consent to interact, to communicate with the parliamentary investigation commission from Jeffrey Sachs, to whom we had sent an invitation," Yarovaya said.
The competence of Jeffrey Sachs personally and "the publications that were authored by him and a group of scientists in The Lancet", together with the commission’s own efforts, will allow "to correlate the exposed facts with the objective reality that is being assessed today by scientists around the world."
Message to parliaments over DTRA activities
The commission discussed a report by the DTRA (Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the US Department of Defense) on military biological activities in Ukraine. Yarovaya suggested advising the parliaments of countries around the world to request information about biomedical activities by the DTRA and other Pentagon structures on the territory of their countries.
Yarovaya believes that the parliamentary investigation into the activities of US military laboratories in Ukraine has aroused "interest in the world and concern of the US citizens themselves." The US non-governmental organization Judicial Watch has in accordance with the law requested a report on the activities of the DTRA in Ukraine. "At the journalists’ request such a report was presented by the DTRA, but with a large number of deleted materials and gaps in the text itself. The omissions were allegedly due to secrecy reasons," Yarovaya said.
The parliamentary investigation has found that DTRA activities in Ukraine "fall under the protection of special bilateral agreements." "In fact, the United States obtained legal immunity and a free hand to conduct experiments on Ukrainians. Ukraine pledged not to bring to justice and not to initiate any legal proceedings against and [not] to demand compensations from the United States for their personnel," Yarovaya said.
"The analysis of the DTPA’s report confirmed that the Pentagon intentionally and systematically created a global system of biological spying. In this regard, of course, it is very important that the facts we have previously considered fully testify to the global scale of this activity," Yarovaya said.
About the probe
The State Duma and the Federation Council in March 2022 passed a resolution to conduct a parliamentary investigation into the work of the biolaboratories in Ukraine, as well as to create a joint commission for such a probe. The commission consists of 14 deputies and 14 senators, and is co-chaired by Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Irina Yarovaya and Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev. As Yarovaya noted earlier, the result of the commission's work should be a dossier, which will be sent to the president of the Russian Federation, the government and international organizations.
Earlier, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said that during the special military operation in Ukraine, Russian forces unearthed evidence pointing to an emergency cleanup by the Kiev regime of traces of a military biological program, carried out in Ukraine and bankrolled by the US Defense Department. According to Konashenkov, staff from these Pentagon-run Ukrainian-based labs revealed the emergency disposal of particularly dangerous pathogens on February 24, namely, the plague, anthrax, tularemia, cholera and other deadly diseases.
US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland on March 9, speaking at a hearing at the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Senate, said that there were facilities in Ukraine that did research in the field of biology and that Washington was trying to prevent them from falling under the control of Russian forces. According to the diplomat, the State Department is "concerned that the Russian military may be trying to take control of them," and is working with Ukraine to ensure that Kiev can "prevent any of these research materials from falling into the hands of Russian forces.".