An ancient icon of Ukrainian origin that was presented to Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov by Sarajevo costs €12.5 million, as BN TV reported citing entourage of Head of Presidium of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik.
It is noted that the icon was kept at the Bank of Srpska that went bankrupt and it was consumed by UKIO Bank.
According to the source, Dodik said that UKIO kept the icon and he wanted to return to Moscow what belongs to it.
The handover of the icon in Sarajevo went beyond the protocols. The source noted that when Sergey Lavrov found out that the icon belongs to Ukraine and was stolen, he immediately returned it through the Bosnian Embassy in Moscow.
Later Dodik reported that the ancient icon is owned by some family and it would be transferred to the owner.
Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov visited the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina on December 14. Two members of the presidium of Bosnia and Herzegovina refused from the meeting with Lavrov. The same day, Milorad Dodik, the Bosnian Serb representative in Bosnia’s three-member presidency, presented a 300-year-old gilded icon to Lavrov. Later, Lavrov returned the icon.
Ukraine’s Embassy in Sarajevo asked Bosnian authorities to provide further information about the artifact after the Bosnian Serb news agency Srna published a photograph of the icon and its seal of authenticity, which suggested it could be from the city of Luhansk, where pro-Russian separatists have been battling Kyiv’s forces.
In its turn, the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina opened the criminal case due to the icon incident to hold necessary inspections.
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