Emilian Gebrev, a Bulgarian arms dealer, has admitted that his company EMCO stored ammunition at a depot in Vrbetitsa, Czech Republic. This information was published by The New York Times. In addition, Gebrev stated that he had supplied arms to Ukraine in 2014, at the height of the conflict in the east of the country.
According to the story, Gebrev confessed to storing ammunition in a warehouse in a Czech village in an email sent to the newspaper.
It is worth mentioning that earlier Bulgarian National Television aired a statement of the EMCO company which denied that the ammunition destroyed in the explosion at the Vrbetitsa depot belonged to it.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the Czech side should look into the 2014 events in Vrbetica, where explosions at ammunition depots took place, and share the results of the investigation with the public and its own citizens. According to her, it is necessary to honestly and truthfully tell Czech citizens what exactly happened seven years ago: what exploded, who is responsible for it, who is suspected.
As a reminder, the Czech government took a step to aggravate relations with Russia by accusing Moscow, without evidence, of involvement in the explosions at a warehouse in Vrbetica in 2014. Under this pretext, the Czech Republic expelled 18 Russian diplomats and also excluded Rosatom from the Dukovany nuclear power plant construction tender. In response, Russia declared 20 employees of the Czech embassy in Russia persona non grata.