Russian senator blames Holland for violating Vienna Convention

Chairman of the Federation Council's International Affairs Committee Mikhail Margelov said a police attack on a Russian diplomat's apartment in The Hague is a crude violation of international law.

Chairman of the Federation Council's International Affairs Committee Mikhail Margelov said a police attack on a Russian diplomat's apartment in The Hague is a crude violation of international law.

Margaret Thatcher made a most profound point by saying, "The veneer of civilization is very thin." A law-based state can go lawless in a second. Dutch policemen, in defiance of all international norms, tore the door off the hinges, broke into Russian diplomat Dmitry Borodin's apartment, beat him up in front of his children, cuffed him and dragged him to a police station," he told Interfax on Tuesday.

An attack on the Russian embassy in Libya was in the news just recently. Now the Netherlands trampled the Vienna Convention underfoot and disregarded the norms of international conduct, he said.

"The whole story carries this conclusion: the Netherlands violated the Vienna Convention and did not apologize, unlike Libya, while the Dutch Foreign Ministry remains silent," Margelov said.

He said the attack on the Russian diplomat in The Hague is hopefully not connected with the arrest of Greenpeace activists in the Arctic Sunrise icebreaker.

"It is not surprising that environmentalists were arrested in Russia after they attacked a Russian drilling platform in the Arctic. The Netherlands initiated an international inquiry into the incident. I hope the attack on a Russian diplomat's apartment in The Hague was not that country's response to the piracy charges brought against the ill-starred environmentalists," Margelov said.

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