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Dutch Apologize To Moscow Over Detention Of Russian Diplomat


The Netherlands has apologized to Russia after police in The Hague detained a Russian diplomat over the weekend amid escalating tensions.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry said on October 9 that investigations revealed that the detention of Russian diplomat Dmitry Borodin breached the Vienna Convention.

The apology comes a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country expects the Netherlands to apologize for the incident.

Russia's Foreign Ministry on October 8 summoned the Dutch ambassador to Moscow over the incident.

Russia says Borodin spent a night in a police station handcuffed after armed people in fatigues broke into his apartment in The Hague on October 6 and beat him up, claiming they had received complaints from neighbors that he was abusing his children.

Moscow and The Hague are also clashing over Russia's seizure in the Arctic in September of a Dutch-flagged vessel that belongs to the Greenpeace environmental group and its crew, in international waters according to the activists.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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