Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, said on Monday that the four Russian spies caught in The Hague in April was in the Netherlands for a routine trip. Russia denies that the secret service agents wanted to hack into chemical weapon watchdog OPCW, NU.nl reports.
"When it comes to establishing the truth and accountability for what happened to MH17, no single state has the right to remain silent", Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, NOS reports.
At the Iraq Summit in Paris yesterday, Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans outed strong criticism against Russia for doing too little to aid global actions against the rise of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, according to the Algemeen Dagblad.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a statement that Russian President Vladimir Putin “has one last chance to show he means to help,” after an “intense” phone conversation he had with Russia’s leader about the lack of access to the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site. Nearly two-thirds of the 298 people on the plane which crashed in eastern Ukraine had Dutch citizenship.
Sergei Lavrov, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs agreed to meet his Ukrainian counterpart, Andriy Deshchytsya during the nuclear security summit, according to a Russian diplomatic source.
Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans will speak to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Saturday concerning sensitive issues that recently came up in the bilateral relations, announced Lavrov's spokesperson Friday