Republican Senator Marco Rubio from Florida recently got the spotlight for challenging the Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland. This took place at a Senate hearing that focused on what would happen if there is a chemical or biological weapon incident in Ukraine.
At one point Rubio asked, “If there is a biological or chemical weapon incident or attack inside Ukraine, is there any doubt in your mind that 100% it would be the Russians behind it?”
This question was important because of the information that was being released concerning Ukraine’s biological research facilities. The United States, along with NATO forces are trying to prevent Russia from capturing these operations.
Rubio had earlier asked Nuland if Ukraine had chemical or biological weapons. Nuland responded saying that Ukraine had biological research facilities and there was growing concern that Russian forces were trying to gain control of them. She said that work was being done to prevent any of the research materials from getting into the hand of Putin’s army.
Senator Rubio acknowledged that there is now in the Russian propaganda machine information about how they have uncovered a plan by the Ukrainians to release biological weapons with NATO’s coordination.
Then Rubio asked the million-dollar questions about being 100% that it would be Russia behind any release of such weapons. This is a concern of his because he had previously warned that if chemical or biological weapons were used in Ukraine, Russia would “bear responsibility” for it.
Nuland declared, “There is no doubt in my mind, senator. And in fact, it is a classic Russian technique to blame the other guy for what they are planning to do themselves.”
Senator Rubio had another concern regarding Russia, this one had to do with their financial reserves. He noted the drastic sanctions that have been imposed on Russia from many different sources. He assumed that Russia planned on using its financial reserves to counter the impact of the economic sanctions. He asked that due to the recent sanction of the central bank, do we have an understanding of what percentage of Russian reserves are actually frozen.
Nuland reminded Rubio that the sanctions in the financial sector had been in place e for two weeks and Russia was now feeling their full effect.
“And the whole point of putting so many of these top 10 banks under sanctions is to make it impossible for them to get access to their cash in hard currency,” Nuland said.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already fallen prey to Russia’s propaganda machine. He demanded that the United States give a full account of biological weapons research that the Russians allege was being performed in Ukraine. He also noted that this was being done with funding from America.
A spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian, talked about the Russian reports at a press conference this week. It was alleged in the Russian TASS agency that a military biological program was financed by the U.S. Department of Defense in Ukraine. Lijian said that Russia has already discovered in their invasion that the United States was using these research facilities to establish military plans to release the weapons.
China’s Foreign Minister warned that because of the state of tension in Ukraine and around the world, they called on all the “relevant parties” to make sure these laboratories were kept safe. And he said since the United States knows these facilities the “best,” they should publish relevant details as soon as possible. China wants to know the kind of pathogens stored in the facilities and the research that was being conducted.
With so much propaganda being thrown around, it may be hard to get to the bottom of this story any time soon.