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Dutch foreign minister quits after lying about Putin meeting
Reuters ^ | 2/13/18 | Anthony Deutch

Posted on 02/13/2018 10:10:35 AM PST by mac_truck

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra quit on Tuesday after admitting that he had fabricated a story about attending a meeting in 2006 at which he said Russian President Vladimir Putin had outlined a strategy for building a greater Russia.

The incident has embarrassed Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s coalition government, which has a parliamentary majority of just one, and further strained difficult ties with Russia.

Zijlstra, visibly emotional as he took the floor during a parliamentary debate convened to discuss his behavior, said he had decided to tender his resignation to the king because the situation risked harming the work of the Foreign Ministry.

“We live in a country where the truth matters. That’s why I see no other option than to resign,” said Zijlstra, who had held the job for less than four months.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Russia; US: California
KEYWORDS: 2006; greaterrussia; halbezijlstra; holland; liars; netherlands; putin; russia
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1 posted on 02/13/2018 10:10:36 AM PST by mac_truck
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To: mac_truck

Putin was probably too busy meeting with Trump to have met with this Dutch guy... (sarc/off)


2 posted on 02/13/2018 10:14:49 AM PST by CondorFlight
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To: mac_truck

This guy’s obviously mentally imbalanced. According to Dutch law, shouldn’t he be euthanized?


3 posted on 02/13/2018 10:23:15 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mac_truck

A Dutch politician...

...wooden shoes, wooden head...


4 posted on 02/13/2018 10:28:50 AM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind but now I see...)
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To: mass55th

Apparently, Putin Derangement Syndrome is a disease...not sure if its terminal.


5 posted on 02/13/2018 10:30:19 AM PST by mac_truck (aide toi et dieu t'aidera)
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To: mac_truck

The Dutch guy got confused...thought he was meeting Michael Flynn.


6 posted on 02/13/2018 10:33:57 AM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: mac_truck
Dutch foreign minister quits after lying about Putin meeting

Something must have gone wrong, normally he would get a promotion and a gig as a CNN expert, bashing Trump collusion.

7 posted on 02/13/2018 10:51:42 AM PST by Navy Patriot (America returns to the Rule of Law)
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To: CondorFlight

It makes me wonder if this is just an isolated incident or if this is part of a larger pattern of global swamp draining.

I am 100% convinced that the swamp Trump is working to drain is not just in the US but worldwide. The reason that the rest of the world is so important is that the tentacles reach far into the US and into the highest echelons of our government and bureaucracy.


8 posted on 02/13/2018 11:44:09 AM PST by generally ( Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: mass55th

“This guy’s obviously mentally imbalanced. According to Dutch law, shouldn’t he be euthanized?”

Katie Couric probably believes he will ice skate his way out of the office, down the block and over to early retirement.


9 posted on 02/13/2018 11:46:07 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (If we disarmed democrats gun violence would decrease by 90%.)
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To: mac_truck

Putin is far from perfect, but to make up something like this? It’s crazy.


10 posted on 02/13/2018 12:46:32 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
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To: mac_truck

A lying diplomat? I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you.


11 posted on 02/13/2018 1:49:42 PM PST by Makana (The thing you seek the most will be found where you least want to look.)
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To: Personal Responsibility
Katie Couric probably believes he will ice skate his way out of the office, down the block and over to early retirement.

Sadly, this type of malfeasance usually get rewarded.

I'll wager this guy winds up working for the EU in Brussels.

12 posted on 02/13/2018 3:36:46 PM PST by mac_truck (aide toi et dieu t'aidera)
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To: raygunfan; Gamecock; Larry Lucido; KC_Lion; FredZarguna; PROCON

What is Holland?

Whaddya mean what is it? It’s a country. Right next to Belgium.

No, that’s the Netherlands

Holland IS the Netherlands

Then who are the Dutch?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-csGDoSSZyc


13 posted on 02/13/2018 3:41:33 PM PST by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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Strictly speaking, “Holland” is only 2 of the 12 provinces of the Netherlands (”North Holland” and “South Holland”). But since almost everyone speaking English refers to the country simply as “Holland” those Dutch Netherlanders really ought to find a way to simply this situation.... :^)


14 posted on 02/13/2018 3:58:51 PM PST by Enchante (FusionGPS "dirty dossier" scandal links Hillary, FBI, CIA, Dept of Justice... "Deep State" is real)
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To: Enchante

A-ha - well, I only know what I learned about Holland from “Seinfeld” LOL


15 posted on 02/13/2018 4:05:55 PM PST by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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To: SaveFerris

Who is having sex with the hen?


16 posted on 02/13/2018 4:49:03 PM PST by Gamecock (The greatest threat to humanity is not "out there" but "in here" in the recesses of the soul. TK)
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To: CondorFlight

Yet another victim of collusion. I spoke to Putin, too. He told me to get a haircut.


17 posted on 02/13/2018 4:55:34 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (“If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.)
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To: SaveFerris
Then who are the Dutch?

Not to mention, who are the Pennsylvania "Dutch"? (who are actually of German extraction)

18 posted on 02/13/2018 4:58:08 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (The Obama is about to hit the fan.)
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To: Gamecock

Somthing’s missing!


19 posted on 02/13/2018 5:09:58 PM PST by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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To: mac_truck

Kudos to the Dutch politician for standing in public and conceding that the truth is important enough to resign when caught out against it. Better than many American politicians and functionaries would do.


20 posted on 02/13/2018 5:16:11 PM PST by OldNewYork (Operation Wetback II, now with computers)
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