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Russia Says Swine Fever Outbreak Originated In Georgia

Russia's chief health inspector has said a recent outbreak of African swine fever in Russia had its origin in neighboring Georgia.

Gennady Onishchenko told Interfax on July 15 that the origin of the outbreak is "an objectively established fact."

He also claimed that there is a microbiological laboratory of the U.S. Navy in Georgia that is not under the supervision of the Georgian government.

He said the United States has spent $350 million on the laboratory, which he said is at a former Soviet base near Tbilisi.

Onishchenko said Moscow will boost spending in the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia to "strengthen medical defenses against biological threats."

Moscow has recognized the two regions as independent since Russia fought a war against Georgia in August 2008.

Based on reporting by Interfax,, and