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US peddling chemical weapons threat in bid to divert attention from its biolabs — Kremlin

Such strategy is unlikely to succeed, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted

MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. The US seeks to divert attention from their biological laboratories in Ukraine by speaking about the alleged threat of use of chemical weapons by Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

"It is obvious that the Americans are trying to what is called to divert attention. They talk about some ephemeral threat of Russia’s use of chemical weapons. This is nothing but an attempt to divert attention from the ongoing scandal," the spokesman said.

Peskov underscored that such strategy is unlikely to succeed.

"It is unlikely that they will succeed in doing so. Very many people in the world are concerned about what the Americans were doing, what we still don’t know about and what could have happened because of these researches and what can potentially happen in the future," he said.

Previously, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said that, during the special military operation in Ukraine, Russian forces unearthed facts of emergency cleanup of traces of the military biological program, carried out in Ukraine and funded by US Defense Department. According to Konashenkov, employees of the laboratories informed about emergency disposal of particularly dangerous pathogens on February 24: plague, anthrax, tularemia, cholera and other deadly diseases.