MOSCOW, November 24. /TASS/. Military agencies of third countries are involved in Washington's military biological activities carried out near Russia's borders, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Thursday.
"We have every reason to assert that the development of components of biological weapons has been taking place in the closest proximity to Russia's borders, in particular, we observe the relevant military biological activity of the US and its allies beyond national borders, including in our neighboring states. Military agencies of other countries and their contractors represented by commercial companies are involved," the senior diplomat said at a press conference ahead of the Ninth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).
According to him, during these activities, information is collected on the incidence of infectious diseases, biological samples are taken, pathogens of particularly dangerous infections, including those that overcome the protective effects of vaccines and other drugs, as well as carriers of particularly dangerous and economically significant infections are studied.
At the same time, as Ryabkov stressed, the results of such activities are of a closed nature. "These studies are often financed by military agencies of third countries. Moreover, foreign military experts are directly involved in the implementation of certain projects," the senior diplomat said.