China and Russia unite against the US labs in former Soviet countries
30 April, 2020
China and Russia unite against the US labs in former Soviet countries
China has complained that U.S. laboratories in former Soviet states could pose a public health risk, one day after a Russian official made the same allegation, Newsweek reports.

It is not the first time Russia has spoken out against the US labs in post-Soviet states, including in Georgia. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova has criticized their US counterparts several times.

"We cannot rule out that the Americans use such reference laboratories in third countries to develop and modify various pathogenic
agents, including in military purposes" – she said on April 17 in covert reference to the Lugar lab in Georgia and other countries.

Zakharova recalled that the Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research in Tbilisi, a Georgia-based US biological laboratory, is an official part of the US military system of global infectious disease control.

It is noteworthy that now the Chinese make statements backing the Russians.

The Chinese authorities support Russia’s official position and believe that the existence of US biological laboratories in the territory of some former Soviet republics is fraught with risks, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said on April 29, Russian news agency TASS reports.

“The United States has created many laboratories in the territory of the former Soviet Union, which evokes serious public worries in the neighboring countries concerned" – he said. “We do hope that the American side will display a responsible attitude, take into account the official concern of the world community, and take real steps to eliminate such fears."

These statements could be considered as of a wider importance, as pressure from the US presidential administration and the State department rises about china.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has recently criticized China over its handling of the coronavirus, saying “We still haven’t gained access, the world hasn’t gained access to the WIV (Wuhan Institute of Virology) there. We don’t know precisely where this virus originated from. “The Chinese Communist Party tells us they want to be our partners. ... There is a continuing obligation on the part of reliable partners to share this information.”

The pressure from the US president is much stronger. Not only he had said that his government was investigating whether the coronavirus outbreak originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, where the virus emerged, but also he blamed the Chinese in trying him to lose the 2020 US presidential race.

“China will do anything they can to have me lose this race” said Trump in an exclusive interview to Reuters.

So statements from the Chinese could be considered as a way of self-defense against the US and attempt to divert attention to something that might be painful for the other side.

As for the Lugar lab in Georgia, it was said many times that the lab is only helping the Georgian healthcare system to fight the coronavirus.

Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research is a research center (laboratory) based on the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, which was opened in 2011 and fully exploited in August 2013. The Lugar Center is the nearest building and the highest level of laboratory network in the country, representing the public health system referral library. Lugar Center is one of the best fields of scientific biomedical and biosafety researches and preparation of students, masters, and doctors. The research center is located in Tbilisi, Kakheti highway.

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