There are currently no indications of an imminent Russian attack with chemical weapons according to the Pentagon press secretary John KirbyJohn Kirby Sunday preview: Russian invasion of Ukraine drags on into third week GOP senators urge Biden to expedite transfer of air power and air defense systems to Ukrainebut the authorities continue to follow the case closely.
“We continue to monitor this very, very closely. It’s Russian playbook they’re accusing you of, they’re planning to do it now. Again, we haven’t seen anything [that] indicates some sort of impending biological chemical attack right now, but we’re watching that very, very closely,” Kirby said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”
Many international figures have warned that Russia could deploy chemical weapons in Ukraine.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with a German newspaper published on Sunday that Russia’s recent accusations against Ukraine of creating biological weapons could be a pretext to launch chemical weapons itself. as part of a false flag operation.
.@PentagonPressSec says U.S. officials haven’t seen any indications of an impending Russian chemical or biological attack, but says, “we’re watching this very, very closely.”
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“Now that these false allegations have been made, we must remain vigilant because it is possible that Russia itself could be planning chemical weapons operations under this web of lies,” Stoltenberg told the German newspaper. Die Weltadding that it would be a war crime if Russia deployed such weapons.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss also said last week that the UK was “very concerned” that Russia might use chemical weapons in Ukraine.
“We’ve seen Russia use these weapons before in conflict zones,” Truss said, adding that it would be “a big mistake on Russia’s part, on top of the big mistakes that Putin has already made.”