Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that the recent statements of Czech President Milos Zeman show the invalidity of Prague's accusations that Russia was involved in the explosion that occurred in an ammunition depot near the town of Vrpetice in 2014.
"We must now wait for the comments of representatives of the branches of power in the Czech Republic on the statements of their president, who did not hesitate to issue a series of anti-Russian statements," Zakharova said in an interview today with "Russia 1" channel.
Zakharova added: “Not a single day goes by in the recent period without representatives of the Czech political circles denying the validity of their previous statements. The country's leadership has no evidence to make such accusatory statements.
The Czech president had warned earlier today against issuing early judgments about the explosion and called for the results of the investigation to be awaited without ruling out that this case was the result of the intrigue of the intelligence services that have nothing to do with Russia.
Zeman revealed that the ammunition in the depot belonged to Bulgarian businessman Emilian Gerbayev, who admitted that he was supplying weapons to Ukrainian forces during the conflict in the Donbas region in 2014.
For his part, the head of the Russian State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, considered that the Czech authorities had caused harm to themselves through false accusations that they made to Russia of being involved in the explosion.
Volodin said in a statement that the Prague authorities "created an international scandal out of thin air" about the explosion of the ammunition depot in Vrpetice, and it fell into a "ridiculous" situation.
In turn, State Duma Vice President Pyotr Tolstoy said: Zeman's remarks are the first case of "exposing a very likely principle" that is used to accuse Russia of all the deadly sins in recent years.
"I have no doubt that sooner or later all other false accusations against Russia will be exposed," Tolstoy added.
Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babish accused Russian intelligence of involvement in the blast and expelled 18 Russian diplomats, but Russia rejected the accusations and confirmed that they were false allegations and absurdity and received expulsion of 20 employees of the Czech embassy in Moscow.