PM: Novichok nerve agent was never produced or developed in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic never produced, developed or stored a nerve agent of the Novichok family, though its chemical experts briefly tested a substance labelled Novichok A230, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš announced after meeting with the heads of the country’s intelligence services on Monday.

The prime minister said the meeting had cleared up the seeming discrepancy in intelligence reports issued by the BIS agency and the country’s military intelligence.

President Zeman caused a stir last week when he cited from the military intelligence report, telling a commercial TV station that the country had produced and tested a minute amount of the nerve agent Novichok.

The prime minister said the misunderstanding had been triggered by a different understanding of the terminology used.

Meanwhile, President Zeman has come under fire for citing from a classified intelligence report in a television interview.