A virologist at the Russian Academy of Sciences has called the US action «hidden acts of bioterrorism»

© RIA Novosti / Alexey Naumovska of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Archival photoA virologist at the Russian Academy of Sciences has called the US action «hidden acts of bioterrorism»© RIA Novosti / Alexey Naumov

The actions of the USA and their satellites, nothing like a covert acts of bioterrorism or the creation of a situation that provokes acts of bioterrorism, said RIA Novosti head of the laboratory of Virology, Federal research centre for biodiversity Feb RAS, Professor, far Eastern Federal University Mikhail shchelkanov.

Earlier, the defense Ministry said that Washington under the pretext of peace research continues to develop biological weapons. A number of these laboratories located in the countries of the CIS, in accordance with published data, in Georgia the Americans carried out experiments on human beings.

The expert noted that the statement of the Ministry of defence is not open to the scientific community.

«We knew that in recent years the United States are highly risky game in their satellites: unfold the network of laboratories under the auspices of the alleged biological safety, although in reality they create a biohazard in the region. Not to say that they deliberately bombarded into our territory of some pathogens. But the mere presence of such laboratories, a danger, forces us to consolidate additional forces, the means to strengthen monitoring, in turn, they monitor it, find out our level of training in this area. That is, it is distracting from normal development, including research, factor,» he said.

According to shchelkanova, sooner or later in these laboratories wittingly or unwittingly, will lead to dangerous situation. «This has arisen. Remember the African plague of pigs in 2008 she came first in Abkhazia, then in our Krasnodar region, covered areas in the Caucasus and Transcaucasia. All this has led to severe consequences, which not only fails to inhibit, but on the contrary – African swine fever continues to expand its area,» he said.

«All these actions of the USA and their satellites who allow themselves to frolic on its territory in a similar way, it is nothing as hidden, latent, not always obvious direct acts of bioterrorism or the creation of a situation that provokes acts of bioterrorism voluntary or involuntary», — concluded the expert.

He added that the danger may be any virus with sufficient skills of those who use it. «As biological weapons can be used by any pathogen, and there is no need to seek out a particularly dangerous pathogen it may be a trivial Salmonella. Main qualifications and the lack of a coherent system of counteraction to bioterrorism,» said he.

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