THE HAGUE, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- A burglary in a house managed by the Russian embassy could worsen the already tense relations between the Netherlands and Russia, local media reported Friday.
The property, which has no diplomatic status but houses some embassy staff and is located near the embassy, was broken into Thursday night, Dutch TV channel NOS quoted the police as saying.
Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans issued a statement regretting the burglary, BNR Radio reported.
The police, in cooperation with the Russian embassy, immediately launched an investigation to identify the perpetrators, the statement said.
The police did not give any details and could not confirm a link between this case and previous incidents.
Two weeks ago, Dmitry Borodin, the Russian embassy's second-ranking diplomat, was arrested and taken from his home after nieghbours complained he was abusing his children. His arrest led to furious reactions from the Russian government.
Timmermans apologized on behalf of the Dutch government a few days later because the arrest violated the Vienna Convention, which gives diplomats immunity from local laws, meaning that they may not be detained or arrested.
Last Tuesday, a Dutch diplomat was beaten up by two men who barged into his apartment in central Moscow. Russia promised to do everything possible to find those responsible following protests from the Dutch government.
The Netherlands and Russia are also at odds over the seizure of Greenpeace activists on a Dutch-registered ship after they protested at an oil rig off Russia's north coast. Two of the 30 people arrested are Dutch. The Netherlands has launched legal proceedings against Russia.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are scheduled to visit Moscow on Nov. 9 to celebrate the closure of the friendship year between the two countries, along with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Although some in the Netherlands suggest the King reconsider his trip, Timmermans believes the visit will continue.
"So far, I see no reason to cancel (the trip), but there could be arguments to reconsider. We will keep looking at it," Timmermans said Wednesday on television.