The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Halbe Zijlstra has announced his resignation ahead of the meeting of the house of representatives, where he had to explain why for many years lied about the visit to the country Putin. This is the website of VRT.
12 Feb Halbe Zijlstra admitted in an interview with the Volkskrant newspaper that invented the story of the visit to the country Putin in 2006. Previously, he claimed that at the meeting Putin spoke about the Russian claims to the territory of other States, calling Belarus, Ukraine, Baltic States and Kazakhstan «parts of great Russia».
According to Zijlstra, he was, but about it it became known from a «reliable source». The Minister claimed that he went on to lie to protect the «source».