February 13, 2018 / 4:14 PM / 10 months ago

Dutch foreign minister quits after admitting lie about meeting Russia's Putin

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra resigned on Tuesday, a day after conceding he had lied about personally hearing Vladimir Putin speak about plans to create a “Greater Russia” in 2006.

Zijlstra said his credibility had been so damaged by the affair that it was impossible for him to continue in his post.

Reporting by Anthony Deutsch and Toby Sterling; editing by Mark Heinrich

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