War in Ukraine: Chemical and biological weapons a “real threat”, says Joe Biden

Russia’s use of chemical weapons is a “real threat,” Joe Biden said on Wednesday, March 23.

Russian chemical weapons attack in Ukraine is ‘a credible threat,’ warns Joseph Biden this Wednesday March 23 at the beginning of the afternoon. Since the beginning of the conflict, Russia has raised the threat of war destructive and Unlimited. If Moscow claims that it does not attack civilians, the bombing of shopping malls and shelters in city centers shows the opposite.

Just yesterday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov raised the issue of the use of nuclear weapons only in case of existential threat. “We have an internal security doctrine, it is public, there you can read all the reasons for the use of nuclear weapons. And if it’s an existential threat to our country, then they can be used in accordance with our doctrine,” he said. However, without setting a limit on the threat level.

Vladimir Putin, a few days after launching his offensive, had declared that he had put his nuclear deterrent force on alert. A rhetoric from the Kremlin between a bluff and a real threat that Westerners find it difficult to measure.

small nukes

Fears are directed in particular at the use of nuclear weapons by Moscow. small size. “We are monitoring this daily and to the best of our ability. We haven’t seen anything that would lead us to conclude that we need to change our strategic deterrence posture,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday.

fear of chemical weapons

Another red line about to be crossed, if it hasn’t already been crossed with the various war crimes perpetrated by Russia for almost a month, the use of chemical weapons and organic.

The first consists of the use of a “product chemical used to cause death or other harm by their toxic action”. According to the definition of the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons). But also “ammunition, devices and other materials specifically designed to be transformed into a toxic chemical weapon also within the definition of chemical weapons”.

Among them, different categories identified by the OPCW: agents suffocating, vesicants (irritants), hemotoxic (that poison the blood) and neurotoxic I like sarin gassoman gas or VX one drop of which is capable of killing a man.

Weapons organic Are they “complex systems that spread pathogenic organisms or toxinsharm or kill people, animals or plants”, according to the United Nations definition, reported by The Figaro. Their destructive and toxic potential is even greater because they can be used “to infect livestock or agricultural production to cause food shortages and economic loss, to create environmental disasters, and to introduce widespread disease, fear and mistrust into the population.” continues the UN.

pollute all the earth

“Chemical weapons are inert toxic substances, biological weapons are pathogenic agents, most of them living, biological: bacteria or viruses. If they are spread in nature, they can, as we have seen with Covid-19, contaminate the entire earth. “, explains to Figaro Olivier Lepick, associate researcher at the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS) and specialist in chemical and biological weapons.

But this threat remains, according to the researcher, unlikely at a time when armies are increasingly better prepared to face this type of attack. Little military interest therefore, but a strong psychological power over the populations.

To date, only North Korea and Egypt have not yet signed the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Israel and Burma have signed it without ratifying it. According to the OAIC, 99% of the stocks have been destroyed.

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