FM spox Zhao Lijian claimed Tuesday that Beijing believes the laboratories in Ukraine are just the “tip of an iceberg” and that the US Dept of Defense “controls 336 biological laboratories in 30 countries around the world.”
Zhao also said that according to data “released by the United States itself,” there are 26 US laboratories in Ukraine. He urged “all parties concerned” to ensure the safety of the labs in light of Russia’s military offensive.
On Monday, Moscow claimed Ukrainian authorities had been destroying pathogens studied at 30 US-financed biolabs in the country. Kiev has denied developing bioweapons.