Former CEO of Shell Jeroen van der Veer admitted that he was the source of the story about a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2006. This story was subsequently picked up by the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Halbe Zijlstra.
Earlier in an interview with Volkskrant Zijlstra acknowledged that was not present at the meeting with Putin at his dacha in 2006. With 2014, the Minister regularly said that then allegedly personally heard Putin announced Imperial ambitions.
The head of state allegedly called Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Baltic States, parts of the “great Russia”. Subsequently, the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Netherlands admitted that he invented the fact of their presence at the meeting to protect the person who was really there.
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