Disgraced Dutch Foreign Minister Resigns After Admitting Lying About Putin's "Greater Russia" Comment

Update: The Netherlands' foreign minister was facing a tough debate in Parliament Tuesday following his admission that he lied about attending a meeting hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin at his country retreat more than a decade ago.

But, Minister Zijlstra just confirmed he is stepping down at the beginning of the debate in the House of Representatives.

He called it "by far the biggest mistake of my political life, the Netherlands deserves a foreign minister who is beyond any doubt."

As FD.nl reports, on Monday, the coalition seemed to want to support Zijlstra. But that became difficult when the Volkskrant reported that Zijlstra not only lied about the source of Putin's message - not he, but then Shell CEO Jeroen van der Veer was present at the meeting - but that Zijlstra also misunderstood the content of the message interpreted.

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In a shocking admission, Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra said he lied when he claimed to have heard President Vladimir Putin describing an ambition to unify Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic states and Kazakhstan into a single super-state to rival the influence of the former Soviet Union.

Zijlstra claimed at a party conference in 2016 that he had overheard Putin outlining the grand plan for a "Greater Russia" in 2006 during a gathering of businessmen. At the time, Zijlstra was working at Shell, RT reports.


In the original retelling of the story, Zijlstra said he had been in a back room of a dacha (country house) when he heard Putin define "Great Russia" as "Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltic states," adding that "Kazakhstan was nice to have."

The story was questioned by the newspaper Volkskrant, however, which quickly discovered that Zijlstra had not even attended the 2006 business meeting in Russia, despite being part of the Shell delegation. When confronted about this, the minister acknowledged that he had lied, and said he was simply trying to protect a source.

"I made the decision that this is an important geopolitical story with serious implications," he said.

"I put myself in the story to make sure that the revelations weren’t about the person who was actually there. Because that could have had implications for him or his company."

Zijlstra insisted he was told as much from a source whom he refused to name. The newspaper itself says the source was Jeroen van der Veer, who was the CEO of Shell at the time.

The revelation comes at an awkward time for the foreign minister. Zijlstra, who took office in October 2017, is set to visit Moscow this week to meet with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. Geert Wilders’ opposition right-wing Party for Freedom has called for a parliamentary debate about Zijlstra’s integrity before he leaves. Zijlstra told Volkskrant that he informed Prime Minister Mark Rutte about his conduct several weeks ago.

"Greater Russia" is an amorphous term usually used to describe the historic core of the Russian state, roughly corresponding to the territory of medieval Russia in the 16th century - the beginning of the reign of Ivan the Terrible, who was the first of Russia’s great expansionist rulers. The word “greater” is meant as a description of spiritual significance rather than physical size. The same term was applied to the core territories of some other countries, like Greater Armenia, Greater Walachia or Greater Poland.


fleur de lis Luc X. Ifer Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:15 Permalink

There must have been some kind of payoff for Zijlstra to tell such a wild fable.

Maybe his slave masters in Brussels or NATO promised him a big promotion or a fat check.

Something must have gone wrong with the plot for him to get left holding the bag and publicly admit to his fibs about Putin of all people.


Now he has to show up for a meeting in Moscow with egg on his face.

What a moron.

He must be really incompetent to be selected for such a hoax, and a real dummy to think that he would never get rolled under the bus.

He served his purposes and will be swapped out for another moron soon enough.



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Voluntary Exchange knukles Tue, 02/13/2018 - 03:11 Permalink

I would like to challenge all United States Tax payers.  Your consent to give your wealth to people who claim the right to take your wealth from you by force -(taxes),  resulted in people like Victoria Nuland,  Hillary Clinton, and Barrack Obama being able to help overthrown less-aggressive thugs in Kiev and place  more aggressive mass murderer's  in their place.

This has helped cause the deaths of thousands upon thousands of Ukrainians, and the misery and suffering of millions more. It has caused former Ukrainians in Crimea to chose to separate from the Kiev group of thugs who wanted to kill them and follow another group of thugs in Moscow.  And the criminals you choose to send taxes too, instead of halting their crimes, double down on their crimes and instead of halting their support of thieves, frauds, and murderers, now vilify those who wish to resist the murders of Kiev!

Do you not see that if you continue to support thieves, frauds, and murderers, continue to support those who claim the right to rob you because some fancy piece of paper says they can, if you and lots of your neighbors continue to choose to be slaves of these people who call themselves "government", can't you see that one day this whole world will experience nuclear annihilation? Can't you see if you continue to support "your" group of criminals it is only a matter of time before they try to kill another group of criminals and kill you in the process?

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Peacefulwarrior Voluntary Exchange Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:45 Permalink

Real non-linear intelligence that sees the "real" manifestation of prospective actions has not evolved on this Planet yet.. The Freedom of "choice" seems to continually fall into a Capital Vice when combined with "Power" and has mostly created a loop in historical timelines that impedes progress of the human species to obtain higher thought frequency.

Many (not all) that reside in the Sociopathic mindset and that find themselves in position of POWER over others take these negative "choices" and convert them into "action" that can create ripples in the timeline and harness our potential evolution out of similar cycles in history... Those with "Power" that choose decisions with stifling outcomes usually motivate from a combination of need to become a (g)odlike presence ruling above all Universal Laws, outcomes and inhabitants of the Planet ..

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PrometeyBezkrilov WTFRLY Tue, 02/13/2018 - 15:30 Permalink

U-hu. But besides, who was he protecting? As if some unknown man managed to bypass the dacha's security and overhear the conversation. There was a list of invited individuals and they are all know to the Russian security. These degenerates cannot even make up some firm lies capable to stand more than 5 minutes of scrutiny.

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chubbar Luc X. Ifer Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:25 Permalink

A good recap and some interesting speculation on Brennans involvement in Russiagate over at dan bonginos site. Looks like the UK and Australia were both involved, at the request of Brennan (speculation with some facts to back that up) to spy on Trump in late spring early fall, prior to the august FISA authorization. Nunes has his work cut out for him.

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Angel Eyes GoldHermit Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:32 Permalink

"I know one thing for sure - the world is turning totally fake."

Yes it is--the leaven of the Pharisees (acting) is doing its evil work. "All the world's a stage"...BEWARE of the leaven of the Pharisees.

Let me take you down, 'cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever.

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farmboy Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:08 Permalink

Lying is his second nature. Representing the party for Freedom and Democracy and never had a real job in his whole life like so many fuck ups that pretend to be leader.