The United States warned yesterday that Russia could be planning the use of chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine, under the pretext of responding to an alleged threat in the country that, it assured, is “false”.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki issued this warning in response to Russian accusations that the United States is financing an alleged biological-military program developed in Ukraine.

“Now that Russia has made these false accusations, and China appears to have endorsed such propaganda, we should all be vigilant about the possibility of Russia using chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine,” Psaki wrote on his official Twitter account.

Moscow could also use those weapons as part of a “false flag operation”, Psaki added, referring to a tactic of warfare in which one party to a conflict commits an act and makes it appear as if the other party did it.

The spokeswoman reacted like this to the claims by the Russian government that it has discovered in Ukraine evidence of an “emergency removal” of traces of an alleged military-biological program.

The Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, assured that employees of these biological laboratories allegedly reported the destruction on February 24 of particularly dangerous pathogens such as plague, anthrax, tularemia, cholera and other deadly diseases.

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