This is a Thursday, Nov. 16. 2017 file photo of Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs Halbe Zijlstra attends a press conference at the ministry of foreign affairs in Berlin, Germany. (Soeren Stache/dpa File via AP)
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Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra admitted Monday that he lied about hearing Russian President Vladimir Putin make comments about plans for a "greater Russia".While election campaigning two years ago, Zijlstra said that in 2006 he had been at Putin's dacha when he heard the Kremlin leader speak of plans for a "greater Russia" which would include some of Russia's neighbors.Monday he acknowledged he had never been at the meeting with Putin and had heard of the comments second hand.
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