Russian Foreign Ministry hopes that incidents in The Hague, Moscow won't affect political contacts
Russia is hoping that the "unpleasant events" associated with the attack on a Russian diplomat in The Hague and the attack on a Dutch diplomat in Moscow will not have a negative impact on the general atmosphere of bilateral relations and will not affect political contacts between Russia and the Netherlands.
p>"We are hoping that these unpleasant events, which happened at the end of the Year of Russia in the Netherlands and the Year of the Netherlands in Russia and the events scheduled within the framework of political dialogue with The Hague, will not negatively impact the general atmosphere of our cooperation, Russian Foreign Ministry official Alexander Lukashevich told a briefing in Moscow on Thursday.
The Dutch media earlier reported that the Dutch parliament is discussing the possibility of cancelling the visit to Russia by the Dutch king, who is scheduled to visit Russia on November 9 to take part in the ceremony for closing the Year of Russia in the Netherlands and the Year of the Netherlands in Russia.
Responding to a question as to how the recent attack on a Dutch diplomat in Moscow may impact Russian-Dutch relations, Lukashevich reiterated that "such incidents are very frequent in relations between various countries."
"We are really hoping that the dynamics of our relations, despite the current temporary difficulties, will stay on the same level and we will reach solutions that will prevent the atmosphere in political dialogue and our cooperation in various areas from worsening. We are really interested in maintaining the level we have reached with our Dutch partners," Lukashevich said.
The diplomat also pointed out that "the Dutch authorities' reaction to the incident that has occurred in Moscow is very appropriate and no attempts are being made to negatively play on that fact." "We feel their interest in undergoing all necessary procedures together and in resolving this attack," Lukashevich said.
Lukashevich reiterated that Russia, "naturally, abides by its obligations on international agreements on safety guarantees for Dutch diplomats and other diplomats in Moscow."
In early October, the Dutch police broke into the apartment of Dmitry Borodin, minister counselor of the Russian embassy in The Hague, beat him up and kept him in a police station for several hours. This week, unknown individuals entered the apartment of a minister counselor of the Dutch embassy in Moscow, beat him up, and tied him up.