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The Overseas Ministry protested in opposition to an try by UK intelligence to flip a Russian army attache within the Netherlands

The Overseas Ministry referred to as within the Dutch ambassador on Monday over an alleged try by UK intelligence to recruit a senior Russian diplomat within the Netherlands. The incident follows a number of situations throughout which Western intelligence has tried to method Russian personnel serving overseas, Moscow says.

The ministry mentioned it had voiced a “sturdy protest” to Netherlands’ envoy Gilles Beschoor Plug, claiming that “a consultant of British intelligence providers” had tried to sway a Russian army attache within the Hague on October 20.

Including that such “provocative actions,” which violate the 1961 Vienna Conference on Diplomatic Relations, are “unacceptable,” and hinder the traditional operations of Russian overseas missions.




Furthermore, “the Dutch authorities and legislation enforcement companies not solely don’t forestall such unlawful actions but additionally partake in them themselves,” the assertion learn, including that in April, Dutch spies tried to recruit three Russian diplomats who had beforehand been declared ‘persona non grata.’ 

The Overseas Ministry additionally urged the Netherlands to “chorus from such unfriendly actions that result in additional erosion of bilateral ties” whereas calling on authorities to thwart such overtures sooner or later, together with these made by its allies.

In keeping with the ministry, this isn’t the primary time overseas intelligence operatives have tried to recruit Russian diplomats on Dutch soil. In December 2018, the CIA approached a diplomat with Russia’s Everlasting Mission to the Group for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in an unspecified park, whereas a yr later US intelligence tried to sway a Moscow attache in Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.

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