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The Netherlands is spreading anti-Russian sentiment, The Hague embassy says

The Russian embassy in The Hague has condemned the way perceptions of Russia are being twisted in Dutch public opinion, in its first comment on foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra's admission that he lied about a meeting with president Vladimir Putin. Zijlstra has been under fire since admitting on Monday that he lied about overhearing Putin define 'Greater Russia' as 'Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltic states,' then adding that 'Kazakhstan was nice to have'.

In a two page English statement, the embassy says it considers Zijlstra's comments as a domestic matter. It then goes on to say 'we cannot ignore how perceptions of Russia's aggressive intentions are being persistently propagated in Dutch public opinion.' `The attempts to attribute to Russia "great-power ambitions" and the desire to recreate "the Soviet Empire" do not hold up against any criticism,' the statement said.

by Oui on Tue Feb 13th, 2018 at 05:40:00 PM EST

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