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Bioweapons More Dangerous Than Nuclear - Expert

Tuesday, 03 May 2005 12:00 AM

"The principle of ranking seems quite logical. The fewer the verification methods and forms of protection, the higher the potential danger of unpunished use of some one type of weapon of mass destruction or other," she said.

In her opinion, the choice of biological agents for covert biological warfare or public use by terrorists is so great, that "the underestimation of the danger may have the gravest unpredictable economic, social and psychological consequences."

"Global biological terrorism can be used with the purpose of genocide, depriving whole countries and areas of sources of food and water," Kalinina said.

She said biological terrorism can be used for intimidation, provoking domestic unrest, economic and social crises, destabilizing government and for physically removing unwanted politicians and statesmen.

In her opinion, the time has come to harmonize and standardize Russian and Western legislative and regulatory systems on biological security.

"Instead of criticism and suspicions it would be more fruitful and useful for the international community to switch from debating the observation of the convention prohibiting biological weapons to strengthening cooperation in increasing the effectiveness of the modes of guaranteeing biological security and export control," Kalinina said. "It is troubling that these matters have not yet become a natural and essential component of the Russian national security concept," she said.

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