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Pentagon not developing biological weapons in Kazakhstan

U.S.-spearheaded construction of the Central Reference Laboratory (CRL) that will work with strains of highly infectious diseases has been heavily criticized on numerous occasions, Tengrinews reports.

Some observers speculate that the laboratory will have a dubious purpose and might be used for development of biological weapons by the Pentagon.

Director of the Kazakh Scientific Center of Quarantine and Zoonotic Diseases Bakhyt Atshabar has dispelled these groundless rumors: “There will be no development of biological weapons,” he declared to the journalist invited to the construction site of the CRL.

In terms of safety, Atshabar assured that the center that it being built in Almaty, the largest city of Kazakhstan, would be under increased security surveillance and the building itself would be able to withstand even a 9-magnitude earthquake.

The US involvement in the project was crucial in terms of financing and setting up the new center, as the Kazakhstani counterparts did not have the required experience of setting up such facilities in line with international standards.

The new facility will continue the work of the Kazakh Scientific Center of Quarantine and Zoonotic Diseases and will be funded by Pentagon.

The $100 million Reference Laboratory is expected to start working sometime next year. It will be used to isolate and study highly dangerous pathogens like plague, cholera, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Siberian plague and many others. The research will be focused on finding cures and protection from the infectious diseases. The Ministry of Healthcare of Kazakhstan will solely manage the Center.

In the video Bakhyt Atshabar, Director of Kazakh Scientific Center of Quarantine and Zoonotic Diseases, is telling about the Almaty Laboratory and its future uses:

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PP Sharikov 2014-01-23 07:57:08 0
Within reason, almost any laboratory can be used to produce reagents that are capable of being used in biological weapons. Certainly, if it can be done in a state of the art laboratory, it would be safer for all concerned. But why would the US bother with developing them here when Ken Alibek (Kanat Alibekov), one of the preeminent biological weapon scientists (originally from Kazakhstan as it happens), lives and works in the US? I have difficulty understanding the enmity, fear and suspicion that many former states of the USSR have towards many western nations. Certainly, there is the lingering legacy that some of the population still have with the Great Patriotic War (although, remember, the bulk of the west fought alongside the USSR...), but and I am afraid that I must use this word, fearmongering, that often appears is quite baffling. The bulk of us from other nations are here to help the Kazakh people and nation, not to try to exploit resources, damage or undermine the country (or any of the other former USSR states) in any way. We want to see Kazakhstan succeed, but there is still some distance to go (see ... Kazakhstan 50 years behind West: Nazarbayev in his annual State-of-the-Nation Address) and it is unhelpful to hold suspicious attitudes and apply Soviet-era bureaucratic systems when others are trying to help ...
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