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The US ambassador to Nato, Julianne Smith, has been talking at a Washington Post Live event about Russia’s allegations of Ukrainian biological weapons.

She made counter-claims about Russia’s biological weapons, but in mentioning Alexei Navalny and Syria, she appears to be referring to chemical weapons rather than biological agents.

This is what she said: “What we’ve seen over the years is that Russia is actually the country that is the one that relies on biological weapons. We’ve seen them rely on biological weapons as it relates to attempted assassinations. You could think of Navalny, in particular, but others. You could look at what they did and how they operated in Syria, which was horrifying- their reliance on these types of weapons are in direct violation of international law. So yes, we are worried when we hear them making these accusations. Sometimes what they do is they accuse us of something that they’re about to do themselves- and to use that as a pretext for some sort of other attack on their part.”





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Here’s the latest on Pamela Moses, from the Guardian’s own Sam Levine, whose incredible and dogged reporting that uncovered new information in a case that helped draw attention to the racial disparity between white and Black defendants when it comes to election crimes.

Attorneys for Pamela Moses, the Memphis woman who was granted a retrial after being sentenced to six years in prison for trying to register to vote, demanded that a local prosecutor drop the case against her.

“Ms Moses should not have to sit for another trial at all. You have the evidence that was there to show you there was no fraud done,” Rodney Diggs, one of her attorneys, said at a press conference in Memphis on Friday. If the local district attorney, Amy Weirich, decides to move forward with the case, Moses’ lawyers said she should recuse herself and appoint a special prosecutor.

Moses was sentenced to six years in prison in January after she tried to register to vote in 2019 while on probation for a felony. Even though Moses said she believed she had completed probation, prosecutors said she knew she had not and convinced a probation officer to sign off on a form saying she was eligible to vote.

A new document, obtained by the Guardian last month, significantly undermined that argument. It showed an internal investigation from the probation office concluded that the probation officer made a good-faith mistake in signing off on Moses’ voting eligibility and was negligent. The judge overseeing the case said the document should have been turned over to Moses’ legal team during the trial, which was part of why he ordered a retrial.

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The Russian ambassador to UN, Vasily Nebenzya, has been presenting the Kremlin’s allegations that Ukraine and the US had a plot to spread biological weapons with migratory birds, bats and insects. Nebenzya issued a chilling warning to Eastern Europe that biological agents could spread across Ukraine’s borders.

“We call upon you to think about a very real biological danger to the people in European countries, which can result from an uncontrolled spread of bio agents from Ukraine,” the Russian ambassador said. “And if there is a such a scenario then all Europe will be covered.”

“The risk of this is very real given the interests of the radical nationalist groups in Ukraine are showing towards the work with dangerous pathogens conducted together with the ministry of defence of the United States”.

After Nebenzya spoke, Albania, the US and France have voiced alarm that the allegations may be an advance cover story for Russian plans to unleash chemical or biological weapons.

US ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield said: “The intent behind these lies seem clear and it is deeply troubling. We believe Russia could use chemical or biological agents for assassinations as part of a false flag incident or to support tactical military operations.”


The UN security council hearing is underway. We have this dispatch from our world affairs editor, Julian Borger.

The UN security council is holding a hearing called for by Russia to make its allegations about a Ukrainian biological weapons lab.

The UN high commissioner for disarmament, Izumi Nakamitsu, has been speaking before the Russians: “The United Nations is not aware of any biological weapons programs. That is largely thanks to the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention, which prohibits the development, production, acquisition, transfer, stockpiling, and use of biological and toxin weapons.”

Nakamitsu said that unlike chemical weapons, there is no independent verification regime for biological weapons, and monitoring is left to state parties, but she said there was a mechanism for those state parties to raise their concerns.







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