Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov has said at a press conference that there was nothing secret about the Russian specialist trips to The Netherlands.
Lavrov says the Russian specialists were on a routine trip
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said at a press conference on Monday that the four Russians did not operate secretly. He claims that there is a misunderstanding in the Netherlands.
Lavrov said that the four Russian specialists were on a routine trip, stating that: “There was nothing secret about the trip from the Russian specialists to The Hague in April of this year. It was a routine trip, they did not hide. Not when they checked into their hotel, not when they arrived at the airport and not when they visited our embassy. ”
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Dutch ambassador has been called up in Moscow. The Russian news agency Tass reported that the ambassador has been summoned for “the disinformation campaign about Russia that The Hague has deployed”.
Big Russian cyber attack against the OPCW in The Hague
Last week it was revealed that on the 13th of April, the Dutch military intelligence service MIVD prevented a hacking attack by the Russian secret service at the OPCW, the chemical weapons watchdog organization in The Hague. The Russians would have tried to hack the OPCW’s Wi-Fi network. Four Russian officers who were involved were deported the same day. Their mission was to gain insight into the international investigation into the MH17 disaster.
When the four Russian “specialists” came to the Netherlands on a “routine trip”. Nothing secret there, according to Lavrov. pic.twitter.com/NRWGKWrPDO
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Honestly, at this point we just have questions about their fun, little routine trip. Did they get to try some bitterballen? Or maybe some herring? Did they have a proper lads’ night in Amsterdam? Or did they have a nice walk by the beach in Scheveningen? We just really want to know how their oh so normal trip to the Netherlands went! But most importantly, how is Putin taking it?
How do you feel about Lavrov’s claims? Do you think the Russian specialists were here just on a routine trip? Let us know in the comments below!