February 13, 2018 / 3:44 PM / a year ago

Dutch PM Rutte summoned to parliament over Putin meeting fabrication

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte talks to the media as he arrives to attend the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Vidal

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch parliament on Tuesday summoned Prime Minister Mark Rutte to attend a debate about the foreign minister’s fabrication about having attended a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra admitted on Monday that he never attended the meeting in 2006, which he described during his campaign for the March 2017 election.

Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; editing by Mark Heinrich

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