Russia has summoned a Dutch diplomat into Moscow over alleged spying on Russia’s military attaché from the Netherlands.
The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that they had”strongly protested” to the discovery of”monitoring gear” in the support car of an embassy helper.
Moscow has taught the Charge d’Affaires of the Netherlands, Dominique Bakker-Kühling, to”immediately take comprehensive measures to stop such episodes”.
“Such unfriendly activities complicate the already demanding bilateral connections,” the ministry said in an announcement.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte has declined to comment, according to Dutch media.
Espionage cases have grown in the past several years involving Russia and the West, with whom relations are at their lowest since the Allied emergency as well as Moscow’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014.
In 2018, Dutch police said they had interrupted an attempted hack the workplace of their Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
According to the Dutch army intelligence agency, the hack has been dedicated by four Russian spy officials, who’d belonged to the Netherlands with diplomatic passports.
Russia subsequently dismissed the claims as allegations by somebody using “rich creativity”.