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UN Security Council to discuss unproven Russian claims of U.S. 'biological activities' in Ukraine

The United Nations Security Council will convene on Friday at Russia's request, diplomats said, to discuss Moscow's claims, presented without evidence, of U.S. biological activities in Ukraine.

U.S. calls accusations 'laughable,' says Russia may be looking for justification to use such weapons

The United States has denied renewed Russian accusations that Washington is operating biological warfare labs in Ukraine, calling the unproven claims "laughable." (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

The United Nations Security Council will convene on Friday at Russia's request, diplomats said, to discuss Moscow's claims, presented without evidence, of U.S. biological activities in Ukraine.

The meeting is expected to be in the morning.

"Russian Mission asked for a meeting of #SecurityCouncil for 11 March to discuss the military biological activities of the US on the territory of #Ukraine," Russia's Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy said in a tweet.

The United States on Wednesday denied renewed Russian accusations that Washington was operating biological warfare labs in Ukraine, calling the claims "laughable" and suggesting Moscow may be laying the groundwork to use a chemical or biological weapon.

Late on Tuesday, Russia repeated its accusation of several years that the United States is working with Ukrainian laboratories to develop biological weapons. Such assertions in Russian media increased in the run-up to Moscow's military move into Ukraine and were made as recently as Wednesday by foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova.

In a statement, also released on Wednesday, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Russia "is inventing false pretexts in an attempt to justify its own horrific actions in Ukraine."

Like many other countries, Ukraine has public health laboratories researching how to mitigate the threats of dangerous diseases affecting both animals and humans. Its laboratories have received support from the United States, European Union and World Health Organization.

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