Have, Zijlstraat: Thierry Roge / Globallookpress.com
The foreign Minister of the Netherlands Halbe Zijlstra (Halbe Zijlstra) admitted that he lied about meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He reported about it in interview to the newspaper De Volkskrant, published on Monday, February 12.
According to the newspaper, Zijlstra repeatedly told members of the people’s party for freedom and democracy (VVD) about the meeting. He said that in 2006, he worked in the oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell and together with his boss visited in the country with the Russian President. “I was sitting at the end of the room, but clearly heard the answer of Vladimir Putin on the question of what he meant by “great Russia”. (…) He was so: Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltic countries. And it would be nice of Kazakhstan”, — said the politician.
Now, the Minister admitted that he was not at the meeting, and recounted a story from the words of another person. “This is an important geopolitical story. The consequences can be serious. I decided to tell myself to not to disclose the identity of who was really there,” said the Minister.
He noted that he did it because of probable implications for the source of information, but “it was unwise”. Zijlstra thus claims that have not distorted the content of the conversation, and therefore was not “spreading misinformation”.
As noted by De Volkskrant, Western experts may find such words of Putin disguised as a Declaration of war, while the Russian doubt their veracity or seriousness.
The publication writes that on February 13 the head of the Dutch foreign Ministry for the first time will arrive to Moscow to meet his counterpart Sergei Lavrov. On the agenda is the topic of passenger “Boeing 777” Malaysia Airlines crashed 17 July 2014 in the Eastern Donetsk region of Ukraine. The aircraft was performing flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing 283 passengers and 15 crew members.
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