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US President Joe Biden on March 24 put forward that NATO would respond "in kind" if Russian President Vladimir Putin uses chemical weapons in Ukraine. The US President said that such an attack "would trigger a response in kind".
Speaking at a press conference after a summit of NATO leaders in Brussels, Biden said, "We would respond. We would respond if he uses it. The nature of the response would depend on the nature of the use." He added that NATO "has never, never been more united", saying, "Putin is getting exactly the opposite of [what] he intended to have as a consequence of going into Ukraine."
Suggestions have been made that such a use by Russia of chemical weapons would be carried out under a "false flag", that is, under the cover of it being an attack by Ukraine. This appears to be in the nature of a double bluff by the US and NATO to prepare the ground for Ukraine's deployment of such weapons. Biden's use of "we" is significant. Propaganda has been ramped up that Russia is prepared to use chemical and biological weapons, while it has been established that the US has been responsible for "Bio Labs" in Ukraine.
China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian, at a Press Conference on March 8, raised an important question in this connection. Given all the US denials about biological weapons, why is it refusing to have verification of the safety of existing labs, in Ukraine, the US and elsewhere, he asked. "Under current circumstances, for the sake of the health and safety of people in Ukraine, neighbouring regions and beyond, we call on relevant sides to ensure the safety of these labs. The US, in particular, as the party that knows the labs the best, should disclose specific information as soon as possible, including which viruses are stored and what research has been conducted."
If the use of chemical weapons is so heinous, why is Biden promising to approve their use? This is another attempt to deflect public opinion and paint Russia and Putin as evil, while covering over the crimes and aggression of the US and NATO. Among the 183 signatories to the Biological Weapons Convention, the US is the only one that pulled out of negotiations for a verification mechanism in 2001 and refuses to submit to verification in the name of its "defence" and "national security" interests. The US and Pentagon had said that the war against Afghanistan was for defensive purposes, just as it claims its bombs and nuclear bombers are "peacemakers". Thus the use of the term "biodefence" does not carry much weight.
The fact is that napalm and Agent Orange used by the US in Vietnam were biological weapons, depleted uranium weaponry that the US deployed in Iraq and elsewhere was a chemical weapon. Agent Orange was not only used, it was dangerously kept stored for long periods in Okinawa, Japan, and in Gulfport, Mississippi until 1977, as well as on many other military bases. The military keeps secret what other pathogens and biological agents may be stored at its hundreds of bases in the US and abroad.
There are quite a few examples which testify as to the existence of "biological research facilities" in Ukraine funded by the US, including the Pentagon's Biological Threat Reduction Programme.