Global concern as Russia’s claim about Ukrainian labs ‘partially true’

Moscow’s claim that US President Joe Biden’s son Hunter helped fund a US military ‘biological weapons’ research program in Ukraine is at least partially true, according to new emails obtained exclusively by DailyMail. com, the website of a major UK national newspaper.

The Commander of the Russian Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Forces, asserted that there is a “pattern of interaction between US government agencies and Ukrainian biological objects” and pointed to the “funding of such activities by structures close to the current American management, in particular the investment fund Rosemont Seneca, which is led by Hunter Biden’.

Intelligence experts say the Russian military leader’s allegations were a brazen propaganda ploy to justify President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and sow discord in the United States.

But reports that emails from Hunter’s abandoned laptop show he helped secure millions of dollars in funding for Metabiota, a Department of Defense contractor specializing in research on pandemic-causing diseases that could be used as biological weapons.

He also introduced Metabiota to an allegedly corrupt Ukrainian gas company, Burisma, for a “science project” involving high biosafety labs in Ukraine.

And although Metabiota is apparently a medical data company, its vice president emailed Hunter in 2014 outlining how they could “assert Ukraine’s cultural and economic independence from Russia. — an unusual goal for a biotech company, the website suggests.

The US media has also added its voice to the debate, with an early morning online report on the New York Post website yesterday. “Russia’s new claim that the first son’s investment fund was involved in fundraising for biolab projects in Ukraine ‘was accurate,'” according to emails regarding Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine, first obtained by The Post and originally reported by The Daily Mail,” he posted.

Emails and defense contract data reviewed by suggest that Hunter played a leading role in ensuring that Metabiota was able to conduct its pathogen research a few hundred miles from the border with Russia.

The project turned into liability for Ukraine’s national security when Russian forces invaded the country last month.

Metabiota worked in Ukraine for Black & Veatch, a US defense contractor with close ties to military intelligence agencies, which built secure labs in Ukraine that analyzed deadly diseases and biological weapons.

Earlier this month, US officials warned Congress that ‘Russian forces may seek to take control’ of these ‘biological research facilities’, raising fears that deadly and even man-made pathogens could fall into their hands. of the Russians.

Hunter and his colleagues at his investment firm Rosemont Seneca Technology Partners (RSTP) routinely raised millions of dollars for tech companies, hoping the companies would take off and make a fortune.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden held talks with senior Ukrainian government officials in Warsaw yesterday during his visit to Poland to show support for the eastern flank of the NATO alliance in the face of Russian invasion from Ukraine.

Biden Sr attended a meeting between Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Reuters reports.

Ukraine has received additional security pledges from the US on developing defense cooperation, Kuleba told reporters, while Reznikov expressed ‘cautious optimism’ following meeting with president Biden.

“President Biden has said that what happens in Ukraine will change the history of the 21st century, and we will work together to make that change work for us, for Ukraine, for the democratic world” , Kuleba told the Ukrainian National. television shortly thereafter.

Teresa H. Sadler