THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a potentially damaging admission on the eve of his first visit to Russia as a member of the Dutch government, Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra on Monday acknowledged lying about attending a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in 2006.
Zijlstra issued a statement confirming the admission he made in an interview published in Monday's edition of respected Dutch daily De Volkskrant.
Zijlstra has in the past said he was present as an employee of energy giant Shell at Putin's country retreat when the Russian president said he considered Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltic states as part of a "Greater Russia."
In a written statement, Zijlstra said that he was not present at the meeting in 2006 but heard the story from somebody who was there. He said he considered Putin's statements so geopolitically important that he spoke about them publicly and took credit for hearing the comments as a way of protecting his source.
"The manner in which I wanted to protect my source and underscore my message about Russia was not sensible, that is crystal clear," Zijlstra said.
He wasn't there, and he cannot or will not name his source. Even Judge Judy would not allow such evidence in Court - and his Government is sending him to a meeting with his Russian counterpart? If I were his Prime Minister I would be telling him to find a new job and if I were the Putin, I would refuse to let him in the country
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You're right, it was hearsay.
It's worse than hearsay Sherrie, as there is nothing to support that it was ever said at all. It wasn't until it was proved that he wasn't even in Russia when the meeting took place that he admitted he had lied. No doubt Intelligence Agencies were quick to pick up on this 'information' from such 'A reliable source' where it would take on a life of its own and help fuel the paranoia .
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On the other hand.....Fox News is the only reliable source reporting political news.
I’m not sure that Republicans can actually read or comprehend what they are reading.
What a pisser my country is in. Hopefully, the elections in November will change all of that.