According to the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Russians “were simply asked to leave,” without charges.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke of four Russians who were expelled from the Netherlands on suspicion of hacker attacks. According to him, they did not make a “secret” trip, but did visit The Hague in April 2018.
It was a routine trip, they did not hide, neither when they checked into the hotel, nor when they arrived at the airport, nor when they visited our embassy.
Lavrov explained that the Russians were detained without explanation and did not allow them to contact the Russian Foreign Ministry, but simply “asked to leave.”
All this, to be honest, looked like a misunderstanding, especially since in April there were no protests in connection with this incident, no demarches about us in either Moscow or The Hague.
The authorities of the Netherlands announced that in April four Russians had been expelled from the country, suspected of trying to organize hacker attacks. According to investigators, the operation was organized by the Russian military intelligence – GRU. When the Russians were diplomatic passports.