The Netherlands apologises to Russia

On the basis of information provided by the police, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans, has come to the conclusion that the arrest and detention of the Russian diplomat, who enjoys full immunity, violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. For this, the State of the Netherlands offers its apologies to the Russian Federation.

At the same time, Mr Timmermans recognises that the police officers concerned were acting in accordance with their professional responsibility in responding to a reported situation.

The Netherlands and Russia are currently in talks on how to resolve this incident.