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India Abstains Russia’s UNSC Resolution On Bioweapons

India Abstains Russia’s UNSC Resolution On Bioweapons:

India has abstained from a UNSC resolution sponsored by Russia alleging US and Ukraine carrying out “military biological activities” violating the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).

  • Before this resolution, India recently abstained from another UNSC resolution, which sought to declare Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian territories as invalid.Biological weapons use microbiological agents (such as bacteria, viruses or fungi) or toxins to intentionally cause death or harm to humans, animals, or plants.

Biological Weapon Convention:

  • Formally known as “The Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction”, the Convention was negotiated by the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • It entered into force on 26th March 1975.
  • It effectively prohibits the development, production, acquisition, transfer, stockpiling and use of biological and toxin weapons.