Wednesday 19 September 2018

Czech president: We made same type of nerve agent used to poison Skripals

Vladimir Putin’s spokesman welcomed comments by Milos Zeman, saying they illustrate that Britain should not blame Russia.

Military personnel in Salisbury where Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned. (Ben Birchall/PA)
Military personnel in Salisbury where Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned. (Ben Birchall/PA)

By Associated Press Reporters

The Czech president has bolstered Russia’s arguments that it had nothing to do with a nerve agent attack in Britain that caused international outrage.

Russian officials have welcomed comments by Milos Zeman that his country produced a small amount of the same type of nerve agent used to poison an ex-spy and his daughter.

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was a “clear illustration of the groundless stance the British authorities have taken”.

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Russian president Vladimir Putin's spokesman welcomed the Czech comments (Michael Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The Czech president is known for pro-Russia views, but his country joined others in expelling Russian diplomats as a result of the poisoning.

Mr Peskov reiterated Russian arguments that other countries could have produced the nerve agent used against Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33.

She has been discharged from hospital after the poisoning in Salisbury, Wiltshire, in March and her father is said to no longer be in a critical condition.

Britain blames Russia and international inspectors have confirmed Britain’s findings.

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