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Dutch foreign minister resigns after admitting he lied about meeting with Putin
22:48, 13 February 2018
Dutch foreign minister resigns after admitting he lied about meeting with Putin

Halbe Zijlstra passed off another man's information for his own and has been concealing the truth until recently

22:48, 13 February 2018

dw.com

Halbe Zijlstra, the foreign minister of the Netherlands, resigned from his office after recognition that he lied about meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. According to NOS web portal, he never attended that meeting, which occurred in 2006; he made up this story and passed off another man's information for his own.

Before the parliamentary debates began at the Tuesday session, Zijlstra said he resigns, describing his made-up story 'the biggest mistake in his political life'.

'The Netherlands deserve a foreign minister who would not cause any doubts,' he said.

Both the parliamentary coalition and the opposition forces came to the conclusion that the Minister can't be trusted. 

In 2006, Zijlstra said he was present at a meeting of the Russian president with business representatives, where Putin commented on the 'Great Russia, which would include Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltic States'.

Now, he confirmed that he 'borrowed' some details of the meeting from a man who actually was present at that meeting, and posed the information for his own. 

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