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Russian MoD: Monkeypox Virus Was Produced In US-controlled Biolabs

Russian MoD: Monkeypox Virus Was Produced In US-controlled Biolabs
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By Staff, Agencies

The Russian Ministry of Defense issued a statement on Friday, saying that there are at least four biological laboratories in Nigeria controlled by the United States, and the monkeypox virus is produced in these laboratories.

In addition, US personnel have trained Ukrainian personnel in Ukraine on how to deal with "pox-like" infectious diseases, the statement read.

Sputnik News quoted Igor Kirillov, chief of the Russian Radiation, Chemical and Biological Defence Troops, as saying that the World Health Organization [WHO]'s conclusion of monkeypox having spread from Nigeria and said that US biolabs were responsible for it.

In his briefing, he said the US biolabs were present in the Nigerian cities of Abuja, Zaria and Lagos.

Meanwhile, the Vaccination of US military personnel and medical workers with monkeypox also indicates that the US government considers the pox pathogen as a priority biological vector.

The Russian MoD also said that Russia called on the World Health Organization to investigate the Nigerian biological laboratory funded by the United States.