MOSCOW (QHA) - A senior diplomat at the Dutch embassy in Moscow has been beaten up in his flat, days after a spat involving a Russian official in The Hague, BBC informs. The diplomat, named by Russian media as Onno Elderenbosch, was reportedly tied up by men posing as electricians. Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said the diplomat had been lightly wounded. The incident took place days after Moscow demanded an apology from the Netherlands for the alleged beating of a Russian diplomat by Dutch police. Mr Timmermans has already apologized after a Russian diplomat was arrested. "Our people must be able to work there safely and I want the assurance that the Russian authorities also take their responsibility on that point," - Timmermans claimed. Note: Ties between the two countries have been aggravated by the detention of 30 Greenpeace activists from a Dutch-flagged ship campaigning against oil drilling in the Arctic. As reported earlier, Russia seized the Netherlands-flagged Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and arrested its crew after it staged a protest at an Arctic oil rig. The crew members face charges of piracy, which carry a 15-year sentence.

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