Ukrainian and Italian artists held fruitful talks on Wednesday, December 21. This was reported by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during the ceremony of transferring of the pictures to the city museum Castelvecchio on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
"Tens and tens of thousands of Ukrainians and visitors of the city and our country were able to see and enjoy these works for a few weeks. And today, when we are returning these paintings to Italy, there were very fruitful negotiations, which, I hope, will allow to establish fraternal and effective relations between Ukrainian and Italian museums, between Italian and Ukrainian theaters, and everything will be in favor of friendship between our countries and friendship between Ukrainian and Italian people," the President said.
"I think it would be appropriate to use this visit to start negotiations on establishing fraternal relations between Ukrainian and Italian cities and a pearl of the province Verona and I am sure that today we begin a very efficient, very reliable cooperation between Ukraine and Italy in the cultural field. Thank you and Glory to Ukraine, "Ukrainian President added.
The Italian side in its turn thanked Ukrainian for the return of masterpieces.
Earlier Ukrainian border guards arrested 17 pictures prepared for smuggle to Moldova in Odesa region on May, 6. The pictures were stolen on November 2015 from the city museum Castelvecchio in Italian Verona. Later the world masterpieces found by Ukrainian board guards were taken to the Khanenko museum for a temporary exhibition.
Earlier it was reported that Dutch museum received from Ukraine five stolen paintings. Now the museum collects funds for the restoration of its damaged heritage.