Skip to Content

Geert Wilders; Halbe Zijlstra (Wikipedia)

Russian embassy condemns anti-Russian Dutch propaganda

The Russian embassy in The Hague has condemned anti-Russian propaganda, in its first comment after revelations that foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra’s lied about a meeting with president Vladimir Putin.

Published: February 14, 2018, 12:04 pm

    Read more

    The Hague

    Zijlstra was fired because he lied about overhearing Putin define “Greater Russia” as “Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltic states,” then adding that “Kazakhstan was nice to have”.

    In a two page statement released in English, the embassy said it considered Zijlstra’s comments a “domestic matter” but adds that it “cannot ignore how perceptions of Russia’s aggressive intentions are being persistently propagated in Dutch public opinion”.

    “The attempts to attribute to Russia “great-power ambitions” and the desire to recreate “the Soviet Empire” do not hold up against any criticism,” the statement said. The “Russian threat” has been invented to boost NATO’s military advances eastwards.

    Dutch media was singled out for “willingly spreading the idea conceived in someone’s inflamed imagination that Russian authorities are obsessed with creating a ‘Great Russia’.”

    Dutch home affairs minister Kajsa Ollongren accused Russian security services last December of trying to influence public opinion in the Netherlands with “fake news”.

    Zijlstra’s resignation on Tuesday after admitting to lying, triggered a political bombshell and a vote of no-confidence in the country’s prime minister.

    Prime Minister Mark Rutte survived the vote brought by PVV leader Geert Wilders, but the scandal threatens to undermine Rutte’s fledgling and fragile four-party coalition.

    Zijlstra’s resignation came just hours before he was due to leave for Moscow to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss among other things the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

    The tragedy in which all 298 people on board died, most of them Dutch, has soured ties and led to accusations that The Hague is not being truthful about the events.

    PVV leader and anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders has told Elsevier magazine he plans to visit Russia next year to offer a counterweight to the “hysterical Russia phobia” which exists in parts of the Netherlands.

    Wilders revealed that he has been holding talks with the Russian ambassador in The Hague about a potential programme for his trip.

    “Russia is not an enemy and we should not turn it into one,” he said. Russia is an important ally in the war on terrorism and mass African immigration, he told the Dutch magazine.

    Wilders said that he was planning to visit the Russian parliament to “show that we have patriots here as well” adding that the Netherlands can learn a lot from Russia about patriotism.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    • john_zaneta

      Russia is a threat, and don’t let this conservative, reporterless website tell you other. All they have here is conservative writers. Geez, there are so many truths, but all we the people want are facts. We won’t be led by the nose, so stop acting like the Russians with your political influence.

    Europe

    Is Yulia Skripal a hostage of the British government?

    LondonYulia Skripal, the daughter of a former Russian spy, is alive, but has leveled no accusations at Russia for her alleged poisoning in the Skripal affair. She appeared on camera with a fresh scar on her throat from a trachea cut.

    Marine rips into Macron’s failed policies in live interview

    ParisMarine Le Pen, leader of the Front National, was a guest on the political talk show on French television where she ripped into unpopular President Macron's failing policies.

    Scandal shakes German refugee authority: Cash for asylum

    More than 25 000 asylum cases will have to be re-processed after Germany's Federal Office for Refugees and Migration (BAMF) became mired in a corruption scandal at its regional office in the northern city of Bremen.

    Britain’s claims about Skripal affair ‘precarious’ says German media

    BerlinGerman intelligence already had a sample of the nerve agent used to poison the Skripals in the United Kingdom at least two decades ago. And so did the US and Britain.

    Crisis brewing in ‘parking lot for migrants’

    Some 120 000 migrants are currently heading towards Croatia, en route to enter the European Union via the popular Western Balkan route. Croatian police have been put on alert.

    US newspaper urges Ukraine to bomb Kerch Strait bridge

    As Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the Kerch Strait Bridge connecting Crimea with mainland Russia on Tuesday, an opinion piece in an American newspaper urged Ukraine to bomb the bridge.

    Large EU firms are pulling out of Iran

    Major European firms have started to pull out of Iran to avoid being hit by harsh US sanctions despite tough talk by EU leaders.

    Leaked Italian manifesto suggest lifting of anti-Russian sanctions

    RomeIn a leaked manifesto, entitled Government for Change, calls for sanctions against Russia to be scrapped in Italy have been revealed. If this happens, Germany and France, could soon follow suit.

    Hungary and Poland stand firm against EU’s immigration plans

    WarsawAt the beginning of this month, 58 European and African countries gathered in Morocco in Marrakech to discuss issues such as migration and development. The EU plans to support immigration to Europe, not to stop it.

    Italy inching towards forming new government

    Leader of Italy's 5-Star Movement (M5S), Luigi Di Maio said that a fresh meeting with League chief Matteo Salvini on the formation of a new government went well on Friday.

    Go to archive