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The Dutch Foreign Minister Resigned Over Lying About A Meeting With Putin

The Dutch Foreign Minister Resigned Over Lying About A Meeting With Putin

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The former official claimed for years that he had met the Russian president back in 2006 — but turns out, he never did. This is Halbe Zijlstra. Up until earlier today, he was the foreign minister for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Zijlstra told his colleagues on Tuesday that he resigned because he had lied about a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, an act he called “by far the biggest mistake I have committed in my entire career.” “This is about the credibility of the minister of foreign affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands,” Zijlstra said. “That credibility must be beyond doubt.” Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images "Oh, an official lied about meeting with Russians? How old hat," you