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Dutch PM, king going to Sochi for Olympics

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and King Willem-Alexander will attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month, despite the Netherlands' recent troubled relationship with Russia. 

Rutte says on Friday he will attend with King Willem-Alexander, an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee, and Queen Maxima.

Leaders of countries including the United States, France and Germany are not going to the Sochi Games, which are a pet project of President Vladimir Putin.

The heavyweight Dutch delegation is visiting Sochi despite calls by rights activists for a boycott and a string of diplomatic incidents in 2013 that overshadowed what was supposed to be a year celebrating Netherlands-Russia ties.

Rutte says his country "has repeatedly voiced concerns about the human rights situation in Russia and will continue to do so."

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