Russia expels Dutch military attach

13th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russia has expelled the military attaché at the Dutch embassy in Moscow. The move comes in reaction to the expulsion of a Russian diplomat from the Netherlands.

This series of events was set in motion by a Dutch F-16 fighter pilot who reportedly leaked state secrets to a Russian colonel.

A spokesperson for the Dutch foreign ministry said on Wednesday that the military attaché had left Moscow at Russia’s request. “The Netherlands regrets the incident and attaches great importance to good bilateral relations with Russia.

The Russian move did not come as a complete surprise, as it is usual for countries to retaliate by expelling a diplomat of the country that has expelled one of theirs.


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