Holland doesn't want to punish anyone for attacking Russian diplomat - official

The Hague's handling of the situation surrounding the recent attack on a Russian diplomat is provoking a conflict, said Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the State Duma's International Affairs Committee.

The Hague's handling of the situation surrounding the recent attack on a Russian diplomat is provoking a conflict, said Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the State Duma's International Affairs Committee.

"The Hague is provoking a conflict by saying it will not fulfill Moscow's demand for punishing those guilty of arresting and beating up our diplomat," Pushkov twitted on Sunday.

The Russian embassy's Minister Counselor Dmitry Borodin was beaten up in The Hague on October 6 by unidentified masked men clad in camouflage, who had broken into his apartment and blamed him for maltreating his own children. He was cuffed and taken to a police station where he was held until dawn. He was then freed without apologies.

Dutch Ambassador to Russia Ron van Dartel visited the Russian Foreign Ministry's European I Department on October 11 and handed in a copy of a note, passed a day earlier to the Russian ambassador in The Hague.

"It was the acknowledgement that the arrest and detention of the Russian diplomat, as a person enjoying personal diplomatic immunity, is a violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, to which the Kingdom of the Netherlands is a signatory. In this connection, the Kingdom of the Netherlands apologized to the Russian Federation," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"The note also said that further active contacts would be welcome in order to clarify this matter fully in the spirit of cooperation," the Foreign Ministry said.

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