MOSCOW, January 30. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry’s active operations put the skids on Washington’s implementation of its military-biological programs on Ukrainian soil, Chief of Russia’s Radiation, Chemical and Biological Protection Troops Igor Kirillov said on Monday.
"Thanks to its active operations, the Defense Ministry of Russia managed to halt the implementation of military-biological programs on Ukrainian soil," he told a briefing on the analysis of the documents on the US military-biological activity.
In this situation, the Pentagon is rushing to transfer all its unfinished Ukrainian research projects to Central Asian and Eastern European countries. Simultaneously, it is ramping up cooperation with African and Asia-Pacific states like Kenya, Singapore and Thailand, he said.
Participants in the programs
Some time ago, the Russian Defense Ministry divulged the names of the participants in the military-biological programs, among them are members of the US Democratic Party, the staff of the Pentagon and its contractors, Kirillov revealed.
"From the DTRA [Defense Threat Reduction Agency] reports, we have received new information on key figures of the so-called Ukrainian projects who have remained in the shadows until now," he said.
"Among them are Karen Saylors, executive director of Labyrinth Global Health and former director of Metabiota in Central Africa. From 2016, Saylors worked in Ukraine as a leading consultant for the UP-10 project focused on the study of the spread of African swine fever," Kirillov said.
Another figure is Colin Johnson, staffer of Tennessee State University and director of the Host-Pathogen Interactions Institute, he specified.
"As the supervisor of the UP-8 project for the study of the areas of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever agents and Hantaviruses in Ukraine, Johnson was in charge of the process of taking biological samples from Ukrainian military personnel and ensured American customers’ interaction with the Public Health Center of the Ukrainian Health Ministry," Kirillov said.
Lewis Von Thaer is president and executive director of Battelle, a large contractor for the Pentagon and the US Department of Energy, he specified.
"From 2003, the company supervised research projects on Ukrainian soil related to zoonotic infections," the chief of Russia’s radiation, chemical and biological protection troops said.
All the materials received will be handed over to Russia’s Investigative Committee to take measures for bringing the culprits to justice, he said.