Preventing a Biological Arms Race – Having entered into force on March 26, 1975, the Biological Weapons Convention was the first multilateral disarmament treaty to ban the production of an entire category of weapons of mass destruction. The convention is of unlimited duration. As of February 2022, 184 states have become parties to the treaty. Four additional states have signed but not ratified the treaty, and another nine states have neither signed nor acceded to the treaty. The Biological Weapons Convention is considered to have established a strong global norm against biological weapons. This norm is reflected in the treaty’s preamble, which states that the use of biological weapons would be “repugnant to the conscience of mankind.” It is also demonstrated by the fact that not a single state today declares to possess or seek biological weapons or asserts that their use in war is legitimate.
A day after his surprise visit to war-hit Ukraine, US President Joe Biden landed in Poland on Tuesday. Addressing a crowd in Warsaw, Biden said that Russian President Vladimir Putin thought he was ‘tough’ but he met ‘iron will of America’.
“When Russia invaded, it was not just Ukraine being tested. The whole world faced a test for the ages. Europe was being tested. America was being tested. Nato was being tested.”
Calling the Russian premier an “autocrat”, Biden further said, “Autocrats only understand one word: No. No, no. No, you will not take my country. No, you will not take my freedom. No, you will not take my future. Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia – never.”