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- Apr 18, 2013
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Romney calls out Tulsi Gabbard for “parroting Russian propaganda”
Russian state TV aired Tulsi Gabbard’s Fox News interview backing Kremlin talking points.
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on Sunday accused former Democratic congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of echoing Kremlin talking points after clips of her interview with Fox News were broadcast on Russian state TV. "Tulsi Gabbard is parroting false Russian propaganda. Her treasonous lies may well cost lives," Romney tweeted on Sunday. Romney did not specify which remarks by Gabbard he meant, but his tweet came after she told Fox News host Tucker Carlson in an interview that she was "deeply concerned" about claims of bioweapons in Ukraine. Carlson and other conservatives have spread a conspiracy theory that the Biden administration was funding biological weapons laboratories in Ukraine but there is no evidence to support the claims, The New York Times reported last week. The Daily Beast's Julia Davis posted a screenshot on Twitter showing that clips from Gabbard's interview with Carlson were also replayed on Russian state TV to help "perpetuate the myth of dangerous 'bio-weapons' in Ukraine." The Kremlin has urged Russian state media to "use as much" clips of Carlson's criticism of the United States' foreign policy and NATO as possible, according to a leaked memo obtained by Mother Jones' David Corn.
Gabbard cited last week's testimony by Victoria Nuland, the undersecretary of state for political affairs, who told a Senate committee that "Ukraine has biological research facilities" that the administration is "quite concerned Russian forces may be seeking to gain control of." The State Department told the Times that Nuland was referring to Ukrainian diagnostic and biodefense labs that aim to counter biological threats in the country, not biological weapons research or production facilities. Gabbard also cited a Pentagon fact sheet confirming the existence of "such biolabs." But the Defense Department said last week that there are five biological research labs in Kyiv that focus on diagnostics, therapeutics, treatments, prevention and vaccines, not on military research or biological weapons, which are banned by the Biological Weapons Convention. "There are no DOD bio-weapon labs in Ukraine or anywhere else in the world," a Pentagon official told reporters.
Gabbard has always had a soft spot for Russia.
Some of these bio-labs in Ukraine test plant, animal, and insect samples, - Ukraine has an extensive agriculture indusiry. Other bio-labs test for pathogens and viruii such as Covid-19. They are not "bio-weapon" labs.
How does Ms. Gabbard imagine Covid tests are processed in Ukraine? By Ouija Board?
US Says Ukraine 'Diagnostic, Biodefense' Labs Have No 'Biological Weapons'
A State Department spokesperson told Newsweek that Ukraine has "diagnostic and biodefense laboratories" which "are not biological weapons facilities."
No evidence to back unproven Russian claim of Ukraine bioweapons program, UN says