The Netherlands has issued an apology to Russia over the arrest and detention of a Russian diplomat by police in The Hague.
Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said on Wednesday that an investigation established that the arrest of Dmitry Borodin late on Saturday was a breach of the Vienna Convention that regulates diplomatic relations between nations, including diplomatic immunity.
For the breach, "the state of the Netherlands offers the Russian Federation its apologies," said Timmermans in a statement.
He also said that he "understands" the action of police officers who arrested Borodin - a statement unlikely to appease Russian demands for action against officers involved.
He added that the two countries "remain in talks" about the situation.
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