8 October 2013, 11:32

Russia expects apology from Netherlands over diplomat’s beating

Рон ван Дартель посол нидерланды москва мид россия

Dutch Ambassador to Moscow Ron van Dartel.

Dutch Ambassador to Moscow Ron van Dartel.

Russia is expecting a prompt inquiry, official explanations and an apology from the Netherlands following the beating of a Russian diplomat in the Hague, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Tuesday. Dutch Ambassador to Moscow Ron van Dartel has been summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

UPDATE: Russia's Putin demands Dutch apology over treatment of diplomat

Russia has submitted a note of protest at the treatment of Dmitry Borodin, calling it a breach of diplomatic regulations.

"This is a crude violation of the Vienna Convention. We await clarifications, apologies and the punishment of those guilty," Putin said, speaking from Bali, where he is attending an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

"We expect the Dutch side to offer an explanation and impose punishment on those guilty. We will formulate our response depending on that," Putin told reporters on Tuesday.

Specific details about the attack on Dmitry Borodin, a senior diplomat previously posted in Belgium, Luxembourg and several African countries, remain unclear.

Russian state television Rossiya-24 reported that local police forced their way into Borodin's apartment, assaulted him, and then held him at a police station for several hours without explanation.

The spat marks another awkward turn in relations between Russia and the Netherlands, which have been tested by the seizure by Russian authorities of a Dutch-registered icebreaker belonging to Greenpeace, and the subsequent imprisonment of all the people on board.

“The ambassador of the Netherlands was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry and given a note of protest,” he told the RIA Novosti news agency.

The Russian side expects official apologies and a prompt inquiry into the incident and hopes that those responsible will be called to account, the spokesman said.

Russia’s Ambassador to the Netherlands will pay a visit to the Dutch Foreign Ministry in connection with the incident, he added.

Russian Foreign Ministry summons Dutch ambassador over attack on diplomat

Dutch Ambassador to Moscow Ron van Dartel has been summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry over an attack in the Netherlands on Russian embassy counselor Dmitry Borodin.

Earlier, the ministry’s official spokesman Alexander Lukashevich announced that Russia had given the Netherlands a sharp note of protest over the incident.

"The ambassador was invited for 10:00 am He will be presented with an official protest by the Russian side," ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Tuesday.

Armed men wearing camouflage uniforms burst into Borodin’s apartment in the Hague and beat him for his alleged mistreatment of his children.

They took him, handcuffed, into a precinct, held him there until morning and then released without explanations or apologies, Lukashevich said told the Rossiya 24 television by telephone.

He described the incident as a “gross violation of the norms and rules of international communication” and the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations.

Russia protests diplomat's attack by "police" in Netherlands

The Minister-Counsellor of the Russian Embassy in the Netherlands Dmitry Borodin told Itar-Tass that he was attacked in his flat in the Hague.

People in police uniform arrived at his flat ‘under a false pretext’ overnight to Sunday. Borodin noted that they had not produced any identity cards that verified they were policemen.

“They said that the neighbors had allegedly informed them about the poor behavior of the children in this flat. I have two children - a four-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son,” the diplomat said.

Dmitry Borodin. Photo: Vesti.ru

Borodin noted that he warned the offenders about his diplomatic status and tried to prevent them from breaking into the flat. However, the attackers burst in, threw him on the floor and put handcuffs on him.

“I was also hit by a stick on the head,” he noted.

Borodin noted that he had been taken to a police station, from where the duty diplomat of the Russian Embassy later picked him up without any apologies from the Netherlands.

“It is better now, but I have the high blood pressure, probably over this incident,” Borodin told Itar-Tass about his state of health.

The Russian Foreign Ministry stated on Monday that the ministry has sent a harsh note of protest to the Netherlands over the attack on the minister-counsellor of the Russian Embassy in the Netherlands.

Voice of Russia, TASS, RIA

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