U.S. Warns Russia May Use Chemical Or Biological Weapons In Ukraine
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has told Russia that they will receive “severe sanctions” if chemical weapons are used in the war.
Zelensky also denied Moscow’s accusation that Ukraine is preparing to attack with chemical or biological weapons.
The accusation from Russia has caused Western allies to fear that Moscow could go further and carry out a chemical attack, potentially under the cover of a “false flag” operation.
In his nightly address to the nation on Thursday, Zelensky said: “That worries me very much because we have often been convinced that if you want to know Russia’s plans, they are what Russia accuses others of.”
Zelensky continued: "We are decent people. I am the president of a decent country, a decent nation, and the father of two children.
"And no chemical or any other weapons of mass destruction were developed on my land. The whole world knows that.
"You [Russia] know that, and if you do something like that against us, you will get the most severe sanctions response."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warns Russia not to use chemical weapons in Ukraine as it would face even more severe sanctions in return.\n\nLatest on the war in Ukraine: https://trib.al/IldixXN\u00a0pic.twitter.com/5hrsjzx42o
The request from Russia follows the US rejecting Russian accusations that Ukraine is running chemical and biological labs with U.S. support.
“This is exactly the kind of false flag effort we have warned Russia might initiate to justify a biological or chemical weapons attack," Olivia Dalton, spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, said late on Thursday.
“We’re not going to let Russia gaslight the world or use the U.N. Security Council as a venue for promoting their disinformation.“
Philp's Conservative colleague Prime Minister Boris Johnson accused Vladimir Putin of a “cynical” attempt to manufacture a pretext for using chemical weapons in Ukraine.
Speaking to Sky\u2019s @BethRigby Boris Johnson has reiterated Western officials' fears that Putin could use chemical weapons in Ukraine after Moscow accused Kyiv of planning to deploy them in the battlefield\n\n#Rigby: https://trib.al/Dfmxtaw\u00a0pic.twitter.com/3xphDEo3iW
Johnson told Sky News: “The stuff which you are hearing about chemical weapons is straight out of the Russian playbook.
“They start saying that there are chemical weapons that are being stored by their opponents or by the Americans, so that when they themselves deploy chemical weapons – as I fear they may – they have a sort of a maskirovka, a fake story, ready to go.”
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby slammed the Russian claim as “a bunch of malarkey.”
He added: “It’s classic Russian propaganda and if I were you I wouldn’t give it a drop of ink worth paying attention to.”
We are not developing biological or chemical weapons inside Ukraine. This is textbook Russian propaganda.pic.twitter.com/STMVozrtK4
White House press secretary Jen Psaki slammed Russia’s claims as “preposterous” and tweeted: “This is all an obvious ploy by Russia to try to justify its further premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine.”
She added: “Now that Russia has made these false claims, and China has seemingly endorsed this propaganda, we should all be on the lookout for Russia to possibly use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine, or to create a false flag operation using them. It’s a clear pattern.”
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