Russian diplomacy seizes upon Zeman statement

Russian diplomacy has seized upon words by Czech President Miloš Zeman on Thursday regarding the deadly nerve agent Novichok, taking issue with Great Britain and the claim that the nerve agent was only ever produced in the former Soviet Union. On Thursday, on TV Barrandov which regularly interviews the head of state, President Zeman said Czechia had produced the Novichok nerve agent in a small amount for testing but it was then destroyed.

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were targeted in England and barely survived. Great Britain maintains that all of the evidence points to Moscow.

The spokeswoman for Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova was quoted by the Russian media as saying “the fog was lifting”. She charged that "lies" by the May administration were "growing more apparent".