The sprawling network of Ukrainian biological laboratories has been receiving funding from US government agencies and companies closely affiliated with the top American leadership, the Russian military claimed on Thursday. The new batch of allegations was presented by Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, the commander of the Russian Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Forces, during a press briefing.
“The available materials make it possible to trace the scheme of interaction between US government agencies and Ukrainian biological objects,” Kirillov said, presenting an elaborate scheme purporting to show the flow of funding.
It was not immediately clear which company Kirillov specifically referred to as Rosemont Seneca is a decentralized investment fund, comprised of several entities sharing similar names. President Joe Biden’s youngest son Hunter headed the now-defunct DC-based Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, but his legal team has denied his involvement into other branches of the fund, namely the Delaware-based Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC.
The Rosemont Seneca fund is closely affiliated with top Pentagon contractors, Kirillov explained, explicitly naming Metabiota, as well as Black and Veach companies he described as “the main supplier of equipment for Pentagon biolaboratories around the world.”
The latter company has been named as a contractor in a 2015 deal between the US government and Ukraine, publicized by the Russian military during the briefing.
According to the document, a nearly $32-million program was aimed at “organizing work of the laboratories, built and modernized with the help of the donor [the US government],” as well as “monitoring infectious diseases” and conducting work to “react rapidly” to outbreaks. The program also outlined the “safe collection, processing, temporary storage and transportation of clinical samples” as its goals.
The Ukrainian biolaboratories network has been funded by other US agencies as well, Kirillov said, describing the scale of the biolabs program as an “impressive” one.
“Apart from the military, the US Agency for International Development, the George Soros Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are directly involved in its implementation. Scientific supervision is carried out by leading research organizations, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which develops nuclear weapons,” the official said.