Onishchenko: the development of biotechnology, the US is forcing Russia to step up security

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Traveloperator in photobacteria Deputy Chairman of Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation on education and science Gennady Onishchenko. Archival photoOnishchenko: the development of biotechnology, the US is forcing Russia to step up security© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Traveloperator the image Bank

The development of biotechnology and the work of the laboratories of the United States in the former Soviet republics are forced to increase the biosecurity of Russia, said RIA Novosti Deputy of the state Duma from «United Russia», the former chief sanitary doctor of Russia Gennady Onishchenko.

«Synthetic biology and new technological way of life open new horizons before civilization. Solve the issues related to the development of completely new drugs, with the treatment of diseases at the level of genetic engineering to solve the issues of transplantation — cultivation of artificial organs, to overcome the problem of incompatibility of donor organs. And solves the issues with power, allows more efficient to increase production,» reminded Onishchenko.

However, he misspoke, the reverse side of the development of those opportunities that are given to humanity — first «issues related to implementation of the commitments that were accepted by the overwhelming majority of civilized countries to sign the Convention on biological and toxin weapons Convention, which is called the BWC (1972)».

Onishchenko noted that concern US lobbying to replace the current mechanism to investigate alleged use of chemical, biological and toxin weapons less effective method.

«On the platform of the UN General Assembly since the 80-ies of the last century, an individual-based mechanism of the UN Secretary on investigation of alleged use of chemical, biological and toxin weapons which does not consider verification at the international level and provided only to the Secretary-General and his experts. Of course, it is patronized by all of US, and essentially America is promoting the mechanism of the Secretary-General and to ensure that all States recognized that it will be to investigate, at an individual level will make decisions,» — said the Deputy.

«The Secretary General’s mechanism is not an alternative and could only Supplement, not supplant, the investigation mechanism. And since the United States withdrew from the Convention (2001), in fact, it turns out that the mandate of the Secretary-General to investigate alleged violations will be the mechanism by which the United States will have to decide which country is good, what is bad,» — said Onishchenko.

The threat of laboratories in the US

The MP said that in recent years in the former Soviet republics, the U.S. has created a network of military biological laboratories, building on the achievements of biotechnology, are engaged in a number of programs. According to him, this work of scientific institutions in the U.S., primarily the management of defense research projects Pentagon (DARPA) and a number of colourmatch affiliated institutions.

The former head of Rospotrebnadzor also said about the content of the scientific activities of States in the former USSR countries.

«There are two stages — the removal of national collections that were in the Union republics — organisms, strains of viruses and transmission of these collections DARPA. And the second organization on the basis of various national medical or research institutions that are built on the most modern technologies, they create these labs for the U.S. army,» — said Onishchenko.

«The first project in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and now in the Ukraine built a number of new laboratories and upgraded the former laboratories which belonged to gosaviasluzhba of the republics during the Soviet era. However, the service is annihilated, dissolved in other ministries and departments that does not allow them to work effectively», — said the Deputy.

«And the military labs are built, just doing the study of the natural microcosm, which is in endemic foci in territories contiguous with our country and the setting deep into its territory in order to build an offensive program against our country,» he continued.

Russia’s Strategy

As a strategy expert suggested that «strengthening the internal system of laboratory control over the circulation of viruses and microorganisms in Russia, the adoption of laws on Biosafety and issues related to the storage and use of collections of microorganisms, collections of especially dangerous infections, state, national, workers, industrial».

«All that is necessary for us in the near future to organize, under the guidance of the Academy of Sciences as the highest national organizations, to ensure that the externalities and the challenges in our country was an adequate response,» — concluded Onishchenko.

He also criticized the activities of the Rosselkhoznadzor in the sphere of turnover of food products. «We need the country to restore order between the regulatory organizations, in particular the Rosselkhoznadzor beyond their powers fit into all spheres of activity of the circulation of food, having no professionalism, no laboratories, and is engaged in a violation of the current legislation», — said Onishchenko.

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