Zeman: Careless handling of ammunition could have led to the explosions in Vrbetica

Czech President Milos Zeman made an emergency TV address in connection with the explosions at the ammunition depots in the village of Vrbetice in 2014. According to him, two versions about the causes of the incident are currently being considered – careless handling of ammunition and the possible involvement of foreign intelligence services.

However, according to the Czech President, the country’s counterintelligence could not provide any evidence of the presence of foreign agents in Vrbetitsa. The Czech Security and Information Service report noted that no such evidence or eyewitness accounts existed.

“When the premises of the second warehouse were inspected just before the explosion that occurred there, no explosive device was found there,” Zeman also added.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that 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, and who is suspected.