The Amsterdam office of Aeroflot has been put under guard by the Dutch security services. According to an article in Trouw, the precaution may be related to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine over the Gazprom pipeline.
Our Flemish correspondent VH has translated the article:
Dutch Terrorism Coordinator puts office of Aeroflot in Amsterdam under surveillance
The office of the Russian airline Aeroflot in Amsterdam has been under guard since Saturday morning. The National Terrorism Coordinator (NCTb, Dutch National Coordinator for Combating Terrorism) received information from “partners”, after which the police was asked to monitor the building and to take other “measures”. This confirms a spokesman for the NCTb.
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Since Saturday police have been guarding the building at the Weteringschans, near the Rijksmuseum [National Museum of Art], from a mobile lookout station [a prepared container]. The spokesman would not say why the measures are being taken. The company may have been threatened in connection to the gas conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The two countries have been arguing about overdue accounts of Ukraine and a price increase for gas.
Ukraine is accused by Russia of having drained gas destined for Europe. Russia closed the pipeline Tuesday. The state gas company Gazprom announced Friday that this decision would be reversed as soon as European observers monitor the flow of gas to the Ukraine.
Saturday an agreement was signed by Russia and the EU on the appointment of the observers. The resumption of Russian gas to Europe is now one step closer, but Ukraine has yet to sign the deal.