Dutch FM resigns after lying about Putin meeting

The Hague (AFP) – Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra resigned Tuesday, after only four months in the job, after admitting he had lied about his presence at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I see no other option today than to hand in my resignation to his majesty the King,” a tearful Zijlstra told MPs in a hastily-called session of parliament, just hours before he was due to leave on an official trip to Moscow.