The information released by the Russian state institutions and media about Richard Lugar Center in Tbilisi is devoid of grounds – Zurab Abashidze, Special Representative of Georgian Prime Minister in relations with Russia, stated.
Abashidze responded to Russian President Vladimir Putin and reiterated that Georgia was ready for carrying out the monitoring of the Lugar Laboratory through the international mechanisms and with involvement of high-level experts.
Abashidze also claimed that the campaign against Richard Lugar laboratory served Russian foreign political targets.
Russian President Vladimir Putin joined the disinformation campaign against Lugar Research Center located in Georgia following the allegations from the high officials of the Russian government and state media.
According to vesti.ru Putin talked about the use of biological weapons in the Lugar center based on Georgia’s former Minister of Defense Igor Giorgadze and noted that “the credibility of the message cannot be judged, but if it is true, it is outrageous.”
Russian president stated that it was reported by some sources that in Lugar Lab there are the latest achievements in the field of genetics, adding they elaborate such medicines that can affect people and their national origin.
According to Putin, these tests are already allegedly carried out on dogs and rats, adding in the second and third generation these substances make changes to their original appearance. “If that’s true, it’s a big threat,” he stated.
Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research is a facility of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) of Georgia, which became operational in August 2013.