The head of NATO has warned that Russia’s false claim that Ukraine has biological weapons can be used by the Kremlin as a pretext for chemical attacks, which he says would become a war crime. painting.
Jens Stoltenberg also rejected the idea of establishing a “no-fly zone” in Ukrainian airspace, despite repeated pleas by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. This came as the Russian military launched a nighttime missile attack on a Ukrainian military base near the Polish border, killing nine people, according to officials in Lviv.
Last Sunday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a tweet accused the governments of the United States and Ukraine of operating a secret “biological-military program”, a claim that has also been echo of Beijing. The United States has flatly denied those accusations as “complete lie. ”
“Now that these false claims have been made, we must remain vigilant because it is possible that Russia itself could be planning chemical weapons activities in this fabricated manner, ” Stoltenberg said in an interview with Welt am Sonntag, a German newspaper. “That would be a war crime.”
He added that the Kremlin has invented “false premises to try to justify what is unjustifiable.”
Earlier, the US State Department said the US “does not own or operate any chemical or biological laboratories in Ukraine.”
Meanwhile, Stoltenberg again rejected the idea of a no-fly zone because “it would mean that Russian forces would have to come under attack, and that would risk a direct confrontation and escalation.” controllable”.
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