MOSCOW, October 8 (Itar-Tass) - Dutch Ambassador to Moscow Ron van Dartel arrived at the Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday in connection with the attack on a Russian diplomat in the Hague.
On Monday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said "armed persons in fatigues broke into minister counsellor Dmitry Borodin's apartment last weekend and severely beat him up under a far-fetch pretext of bad treatment of children." The diplomat was beaten up before his children's eyes.
He was attacked after he warned the intruders about his diplomatic status, Lukashevich said. "It's common knowledge that a diplomat's dwelling is inviolable."
"Borodin was handcuffed and taken to a police station where he was kept for the whole night," the spokesman went on. "Then he was released without any explanations or apology."
The attack is not just a gross violation of international norms and rules, but also of provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The Russian Embassy in the Hague is looking into the circumstances of this illegal act. "The Russian Foreign Ministry is sending a sharp note of protest to the Netherlands," Lukashevich said
Meanwhile, the Dutch ambassador refused to give comments to Itar-Tass after the talk at the Russian Foreign Ministry.