The Chief Sanitary Inspector of Russia, Gennadiy Onishchenko, commended Georgia for transferring the US-funded Richard G. Lugar Center for Public Health Research to Georgian doctors and said two other labs still exist in Georgia in which US military conduct researches.
Under the decree # 422, dated 7 May, the Georgian government liquidated the Richard G. Lugar Center for Public Health Research and transferred its assets to the National Center of Disease Control and Public Health of Georgia.
"It was under the full control of US military. To the detriment of public health and state interests, the former government of Georgia completely put that center into their hands. The new Georgian government took a decision to transfer it to the National Center of Disease Control and Public Health. We will always find a common language with professional civilian doctors. This is a huge step but not final. Georgia houses two more military labs. Hope, those labs will share the same lot and will also be transferred to the Georgian civilian health care and will serve the interests of Georgian people rather than the interests of another country's military entity," said Onishchenko.
In late May, the Agriculture Ministry of Russian Federation summed up the damage caused by the swine fever since 2008, amounting to two billion rubles.
According to the Chief Sanitary Inspector of Russia, the so-called African swine fever epidemic was a planned act of economic subversion undertaken from the territory of Georgia. "No doubt that it was done from the territory of Georgia and was not accidental. That was a planned action aimed at undermining the Russian economy," Onishchenko told the Russian Interfax news agency on 2 June.