Netherlands apologises for 'illegal' arrest of diplomat

The Dutch foreign minister has apologised to Moscow for the detention of a Russian diplomat in The Hague, saying his right to diplomatic immunity had been violated.

Russia's embassy in The Hague, Netherlands Credit: Google Maps

Russian Embassy officials have accused Dutch police of entering the diplomat's home, beating him with a baton and illegally detaining him for several hours last weekend.

Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans "concluded that the detention and arrest of a Russian diplomat, who is guaranteed full diplomatic immunity, violated" international law.

The incident follows allegations in Dutch media that neighbours of the Russian diplomat, Dmitry Borodin, have made complaints about his treatment of his children.

Timmermans added that he "personally understands" the actions of the police officers involved.