The decision of the Amsterdam court to transfer to Ukraine a collection of Scythian gold from the museums of the Crimean peninsula is exclusively politically motivated. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
“Until recently, we hoped that at least the cultural sphere would remain outside politics. However, with the participation of Ukraine in the dispute as a third party and museum exchanges have become an arena of political confrontation, ”she said.
Zakharova stressed that Scythian gold is the cultural and historical heritage of the peoples of Crimea, which has never left the peninsula. However, guided by political motives, the Dutch judges ignored this indisputable fact, Zakharova specified.
The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman added that the decision of the Amsterdam court creates a dangerous precedent and calls into question the future prospects for cooperation between museums, including between Russia and the Netherlands.
On October 26, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal ruled to return the collection of Scythian gold to Ukraine. They explained that “the objects are part of the cultural heritage of Ukraine” and belong to the museum fund of this country. Russia has disagreed with the court’s decision and plans to file a cassation appeal.
Scythian gold was presented at the exhibition “Crimea: Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea”. It took place from February to August 2014 at the Allard Pearson Museum in Amsterdam. After the reunification of Crimea with Russia in March 2014, the Crimean museums and Ukraine declared the rights to the collection. Later, the issue of ownership of the collection began to be decided in court.
Earlier, the press secretary of the head of the Russian state Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian Federation will have to carefully analyze further judicial prospects in the case of Scythian gold.