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DEVELOPING Dutch foreign minister resigns after lying about Putin meeting

Europe
13.02.2018
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Amsterdam (dpa) - Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra resigned Tuesday after getting caught in a lie about a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Netherlands‘ top diplomat made the announcement to parliament in the Hague on Tuesday.

Zijlstra had long claimed that he was present as a guest at Putin‘s vacation home in 2006 when the Russian leader made controversial comments about "greater Russia." The Dutch minister later warned against Russian aggression.

But on Monday, Zijlstra admitted to newspaper De Volkskrant that he had not heard the comments directly.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte described Zijlstra‘s mischaracterization of the meeting as a "big mistake."

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