The biological labs from the Soviet period should have been dismantled when the USSR fell apart.
The U.S will send two Patriot surface-to-air missile batters to Poland by request as a way to help protect our NATO ally. But will this help Ukraine? Does Poland need protection? Granted, after Poland’s history, the Polish have every right to be scared and take precautions.
The State Department is also concerned Russia might take biological material in Ukraine to make bioweapons.
We Say Poland Can’t Help Ukraine as We Refuse to Send Help
Then stop trying to interfere:
The United States has closed the door on supplying combat aircraft to Ukraine, saying that the intelligence community assessed it would be a “high risk” move that could be mistaken by Russia as an escalatory step.
The Pentagon, which suggested other weapons transfers should take priority, announced the US position after a call between US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his Polish counterpart, a day after Poland offered to transfer Russian-made fighter jets to US custody for further transfer to Ukraine.
Pentagon Opposes Poland Helping Ukraine
How about we all leave Poland alone:
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said Wednesday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with his Polish counterpart, Mariusz Blaszczak, and informed him that the United States will not support Poland’s proposal to deliver MiG-29s to the Ukrainian military.
“The secretary also had a chance to discuss with Minister Blaszczak the proposal to send MiG-29 fighter aircraft to Ukraine and, specifically, the notion of doing so by a way of transfer to U.S. custody,” Kirby said. “Secretary Austin thanked the minister for Poland’s willingness to continue to look for ways to assist Ukraine, but he stressed that we do not support the transfer of additional fighter aircraft to the Ukrainian air force at this time and therefore have no desire to see them in our custody either.”
“We believe the provision of additional fighter aircraft provides little increased capabilities at high risk,” Kirby continued.
“We assess that adding aircraft to the Ukrainian inventory is not likely to significantly change the effectiveness of Ukrainian Air Force relative to Russian capabilities,” Kirby said. “Therefore, we believe that the gain from transferring those MIG 29s is low.”
Kirbv also said during the briefing that America must “be careful about every decision we make” to ensure “that we aren’t making the potential for escalation worse.”
Germany Hopes for Diplomacy
When is the West going to learn you cannot use diplomacy to handle Russia? And I’m a non-interventionalist:
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said there was no sense in a military solution to the Ukraine conflict and he hoped, instead, that a solution could be found in talks between Russia and Ukraine.
Speaking at a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mr Scholz said Germany needed to diversify raw materials used by industry and that his country was working with Canada on this.
He went on to categorically rule out sending any war planes to Ukraine.
IAEA Assures Everyone There is No Threat With No Power to Chernobyl
Chernobyl has no power, which means the fuel supplies that need constant cooling won’t receive any. Without the cooling officials worry the plant could release radiation.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in this case they see “no critical impact on safety.”
I don’t know if that means as of now and that might change.
Biological Weapon Threat?
I thought the U.S. was supposed to destroy these Soviet labs when the USSR fell apart:
US Senator Marco Rubio said there were “Russian propaganda” reports claiming the discovery of a plot by Ukrainians to release biological weapons, with coordination from NATO.
Asked by Senator Rubio if a biological or chemical weapon attack were to occur inside Ukraine, and whether Russians would be behind it, senior State Department official Victoria Nuland said: “There is no doubt in my mind, Senator.”
“And it is a classic Russian technique to blame on the other guy what they’re planning to do themselves.”
The Atlantic Council, a think tank headquartered in Washington, said the Kremlin was seeking to justify its invasion by pushing a false narrative that Ukraine was developing dirty bombs and biological weapons.
The council said there was no evidence Ukraine was creating such weapons.
Ukraine has "biological research facilities," says Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland, when asked by Sen Rubio if Ukraine has biological or chemical weapons, and says she's worried Russia may get them. But she says she's 100% sure if there's a biological attack, it's Russia. pic.twitter.com/uo3dHDMfAS
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 8, 2022
Sending the Batteries, but Not Thrilled About Poland’s Offer to Ukraine
Poland offered Ukraine some Russian-made jets. This has upset the U.S.:
The Pentagon said Poland’s offer to give its MiG-29 fighter jets to the US so they could be passed to Ukraine raises serious concerns for the NATO alliance and the plan is not “a tenable one”.
Under the plan, the used Russian-made jets would be transported to a US air force base in Ramstein, Germany. They were “ready to deploy – immediately and free of charge”, the Polish Government said.
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said the prospect of jets departing from a US/NATO base in Germany to fly into airspace contested with Russia in the Ukraine war was concerning.
He said it was not clear to the US that there was a substantive rationale for it.
The US would continue to talk to Poland about the matter.
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