Russian Foreign Ministry press secretary Maria Zakharova called the decision of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal political.The Amsterdam Court of Appeal decided to return the “Scythian gold” to Ukraine / photo from UNIAN
Russia threatened to end cooperation with museums in the Netherlands because of the return of ” Scythian gold ” to Ukraine .
This is stated in the response of the press secretary of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova to a media question in connection with the decision of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal regarding the exhibits of the exhibition “Crimea: Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea”.
“The verdict of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal creates an extremely dangerous precedent that undermines trust between museum communities in different countries and calls into question the future prospects of inter-museum cooperation, including between Russia and the Netherlands,” she said.
Zakharova called the decision of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal political.
” Scythian gold “: what is known
On December 14, 2016, the Amsterdam District Court made a decision by which the collection of “Scythian gold” should have been returned to Ukraine, and not to the Crimea occupied by Russia. The subject of the dispute was a collection of 565 museum items provided by the Central Museum of Tavrida, the Kerch Historical and Cultural Reserve, the National Reserve “Chersonesos Tauric” and the Bakhchisaray Historical and Cultural Reserve, which were brought to the Allard Pearson Museum on February 6, 2014 as part of the exhibition ” Crimea. Golden Island in the Black Sea “.
After the occupation of Crimea by Russia, the Dutch side refused to return the exhibits to the Crimean museums, arguing that they had taken them from Ukraine.
The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation insisted on transferring the collection of “Scythian gold” to the ownership of Russia. The contract, which gave the right for temporary storage of the collection by the Allard Pearson Museum, ended on June 13, 2014, after which, according to the law, these cultural values were considered illegally exported from Ukraine and were subject to return.