UN / UKRAINE BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS

02-Nov-2022 00:02:37
The Security Council didn’t approve a Russian-proposed resolution invoking article VI of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / UKRAINE BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS
TRT: 2:37
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 2 NOVEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

2 NOVEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dmitry Polyanskiy, First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“We regret the fact that our Western colleagues essentially derailed the negotiations on the draft of resolution. It became obvious that Western countries are simply fearful of establishing the kind of commission that would consider the materials presented by Russia and would investigate them as provided for in the BWC. They're particularly not satisfied with the fact that this commission would consist of all members of Security Council because they are trying to unilaterally make decisions on behalf of the entire international community.”
3. Various shots, Council Members vote
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“Russia tried and failed to claim that we had violated the BWC. At the Article Five meeting in Geneva this past September, Russia failed to provide any credible evidence to support these false allegations. Despite Russia's abuse of the process, and precisely because we respect the BWC and its provisions, the United States and Ukraine went through Russia’s allagation in Geneva point by point and debunked everything single one.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The Security Council didn’t approve a Russian-proposed resolution invoking article VI of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).

Russia got support from China in the vote, with the United States, Britain and France opposing the Russian resolution and the 10 other nations abstaining.

If adopted, the resolution would have established the first Security Council-mandated investigation into alleged breaches of the BWC.

According to news agencies, shortly after its invasion of Ukraine, Russia announced that its military had uncovered evidence of US-funded military biological programmes in Ukraine.

Addressing Council Members, Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, said that his country regrets the fact that its Western colleagues “essentially derailed the negotiations on the draft resolution.”

According to Polyanskiy, “it became obvious that Western countries are simply fearful of establishing the kind of commission that would consider the materials presented by Russia and would investigate them as provided for in the BWC.”

The diplomat said Western countries are “particularly not satisfied with the fact that this commission would consist of all members of Security Council because they are trying to unilaterally make decisions on behalf of the entire international community.”

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the Permanent Representative from the United States, said that “Russia tried and failed to claim” that her country and Ukraine had violated the BWC.

At the Article Five meeting in Geneva this past September, Thomas-Greenfield noted, “Russia failed to provide any credible evidence to support these false allegations.”

“Despite Russia's abuse of the process, and precisely because we respect the BWC and its provisions, the United States and Ukraine went through Russia’s allagation in Geneva point by point and debunked everything single one,” the ambassador concluded.
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