Lavrov spoke about the trip accused of spying for Russians in the Hague

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotomancer of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov during the joint with the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Italy, Enzo Milanesi Moavero press conference. October 8, 2018Lavrov spoke about the trip accused of spying for Russians in the Hague© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

Nothing secret trip to the Hague Russian experts accused the Netherlands of spying, was not, said the Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov at a press conference with the Minister of foreign Affairs of Italy, Enzo Moavero Milanesi.

«It was just a routine trip, they were hiding, or when settled in a hotel, when arrived to the airport, nor when I visited our Embassy,» — said Lavrov.

According to him, Russians were detained, without explanation, was not allowed to contact the Embassy and was asked to leave. It looked like a misunderstanding, with no demarches against Russia was not, said the Minister.

«But six months later, in September, about three weeks ago, the Dutch press was made leakage about the fact that these people were engaged in cyber espionage, and we are immediately intrigued by this development, invited the Ambassador of the Netherlands to the foreign Ministry and inquired about the details, the facts concerning the leak, which was made in the media», — said Lavrov.

He stressed that the answer did not sound «intelligible».

According to Lavrov, the story of the expulsion of the Russians was a distraction ahead of the meeting of NATO defense Ministers.

The accusations of espionage

In early October, the Ministry of defense of the Netherlands reported that the security services have prevented a hacker attack on the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW), which tried to carry out four citizens of Russia. The suspects were expelled from the territory of the Netherlands 13 April.

The Russian foreign Ministry called the accusations «another orchestrated propaganda» campaign and said that unleashed the «anti-Russian campaign of spy mania» causes serious harm to bilateral relations.

Later accusations against Russia made by the US and Canada, stating that the seven «GRU» involved in hacking attacks on the electoral system of the US anti-doping laboratory, the nuclear company Westinghouse, stealing and posting money laundering with the use of cryptocurrency.