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Dutch foreign minister admits lying about meeting with Putin

AP  |  The Hague 

In a potentially damaging admission on the eve of his first visit to as a member of the Dutch government, has acknowledged lying about attending a meeting with in 2006.

issued a statement today confirming the admission he made to respected Dutch daily

has in the past said he was present as an employee of giant at Putin's country retreat when the Russian said he considered Belarus, and the as part of a "Greater "

Zijlstra says in his statement that he was not present at the meeting in 2006 but heard the story from somebody who was there.

He says he took credit for the comments as a way of protecting his source.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 15:40 IST