The Netherlands is ready for dialogue with Russia to solve the existing problems between the countries, said in an interview Last news Ambassador of the Netherlands in Moscow Ron van Dartel.
He said that the intensity of contacts between the 2 countries has decreased. For example, according to his statement, this is caused by problems in the political field." So, the illegal annexation of Crimea is unacceptable to us, then the development of the situation in Eastern Ukraine And Russia's role in events. In the last period of time We have problems in the Syrian Arab Republic ", - explained the diplomat.
The second reason for the decline of interaction, as told to the Ambassador, lies in the economic sphere." We traditionally are strong economic partners. Currently, however, We observe that the Dutch export to the Russian Federation is going down - It decreased by 37%. Also, your exports to the Netherlands decreased almost on 30% that is due in part to economic problems in the country is caused by the sanctions, unstable exchange rate of the ruble, " explained van Dartel.
Although now relations between Moscow And the Hague " are not developing as they have to develop ", " We are ready for dialogue to solve our problems, And We Also expect from Russia that it would go from irresponsible foreign policy ", noted the Ambassador.
He Also emphasized that the Ministers of foreign Affairs of Russia And the Netherlands meet periodically with each other as well as among them on the sidelines of international events." Two weeks ago, had a very short meeting between 2 of our Ministers of foreign Affairs. Are telephone conversations between members of our governments, between Prime Minister Rutte And President Putin. So the contacts Are not on the same level as previously, We do not currently have periodic visits. And it involves interaction not only with the Netherlands relative to other countries We are seeing the same thing. But We continue to believe that dialogue is important, " the Ambassador said.
The full text of the interview is available