Russian Investigative Committee chief says investigation into Ukraine's alleged biological weapons

Russian Investigative Committee chief says investigation into Ukraine's alleged biological weapons

Alexander Bastrykin told RT about the case launched over the alleged development of biological weapons.

The head of Russia's Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, told RT that his team is making progress in a criminal investigation into Ukraine's alleged Pentagon-funded bioweapons program.

Bastrykin said that the documents obtained allowed us to quickly identify the people involved in military biological activities in Ukraine, including representatives of the US Department of Defense and American companies with ties to them.

He said that the US had spent more than $224 million on biological programs in Ukraine since 2005. Foreign aid was used to equip and upgrade around 30 research centers governed by Ukraine's defense, health and agricultural ministries, according to the investigator.

The results of said research had been evacuated to Kiev-controlled territory before the start of Russia's special military operation, Bastrykin said, adding that his agency would continue to study the documents on the matter.

In March, Moscow claimed that the US had been funding biological weapons research in Ukraine. Washington and Kiev denied this claim and accused Russia of waging a disinformation campaign.

A senior US diplomat Victoria Nuland said at the time that Washington was working with Ukraine to prevent research materials from falling into the hands of Russian troops.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian urged the US to give full account of its biological military activities at home and abroad and subject itself to multilateral verification. Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, after Ukraine failed to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements first signed in 2014, and Moscow s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French brokered protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied that it plans to retake the two republics by force.