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Dutch sorry on Russia diplomat case

October 18, 2013

The Netherlands has apologized to Russia for having arrested at his home and detained for several hours over the weekend a Russian diplomat in The Hague, announced Wednesday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Based on information from the police, the Minister (Foreign Affairs Frans) Timmermans comes to a conclusion that the arrest and detention of a Russian diplomat, who has complete immunity, is a violation of the Vienna Convention, the ministry said in an email, adding that the Netherlands presented therefore their apologies to Russia.

The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations grants immunity to diplomats.

Dmitri Borodin, First Secretary of the Russian Embassy in the Netherlands, was arrested at his home during the weekend; neighbors have told police he mistreated his children.

At the same time, the Minister Timmermans personally understands the behavior of the officers involved, who handled the case by taking their professional responsibilities, facing the situation in which they found themselves following accusations, nevertheless, the ministry added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had reacted strongly Tuesday and demanded an apology from the Netherlands, saying it was a gross violation of the Vienna Convention.




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