The Dutch Foreign Minister has reportedly resigned after admitting to having met with the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
— DutchReview (@Dutchreviewing) February 13, 2018
Dutch Foreign Minister in trouble after he admits lying about meeting Putin in 2006 in his dacha (holiday house). This is what FM Halbe Zijlstra said during a speech in 2016. (including English subtitles). pic.twitter.com/SrP8DfzuS0
— Harald Doornbos (@HaraldDoornbos) February 12, 2018
Dutchreview.com reported: Foreign Affairs Minister Halbe Zijlstra lied about a meeting with the Russian president Putin and his ‘greater Russia’ anecdote in 2006. He admits so in an interview with de Volkskrant. Contrary to what he claimed the VVD member was not at a meeting with the Russian president in his country.
The Foreign Affairs minister, back then VVD group leader, said in a speech in 2016 that he had heard Putin himself talk about a ‘Greater Russia’. “I was tucked away in the back of the room where it was taking place, but I could hear very well what Vladimir Putin’s answer was to the question what he meant with Greater Russia”, said Zijlstra during the party congress of the VVD in 2016.