Putin demands apology from Netherlands over diplomat detention
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday demanded that the Netherlands apologise after a diplomat working for the Russian embassy in the Hague was detained by police and questioned for hours.
"This is the most gross breach of the Vienna Convention. We are waiting for explanations and apologies and also for those guilty to be punished," Mr Putin was quoted as saying by the RIA Novosti state news agency at a regional summit in Indonesia.
"We will react depending on how the Dutch side behaves," he told reporters.
The Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday morning handed a note of protest to the Dutch ambassador to Russia over the incident, the ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told Russian news agencies.