MOSCOW, March 10. /TASS/. More than 140 containers with ectoparasites of bats were taken from a biolaboratory in Kharkov abroad, chief of Russia’s radiation, chemical and biological protection force, Igor Kirillov, said on Thursday.
"The analysis of the obtained documents confirms that more than 140 containers with ectoparasites of bats - fleas and ticks - were taken from the biolaboratory in Kharkov abroad," he said, adding that Pentagon also demonstrates interest in insects capable of carrying dangerous infectious diseases.
Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said earlier on Thursday that the analysis of the documents from biolaboratories in Ukraine that were obtained in the course of the special military operation in that country revealed evidence that Pentagon had been funding research aiming at developing a mechanism of the latent spread of deadly pathogens.