Koenders responds to air disaster in Egypt

Foreign minister Bert Koenders has expressed his shock at the crash of a Russian passenger aircraft in Egypt. ‘On behalf of the Dutch government, I would like to offer my condolences to the Russian authorities and to all the victims’ relatives,’ said the minister.

‘Our thoughts are with the friends and families of those who lost their lives. I wish the Russian people the strength they will need to come to terms with the tragedy in this time of grief.’

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is conveying his condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as Mr Koenders is doing to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.