Russia can suspend museum relations with the Netherlands if Scythian gold will not be returned to the museums of the annexed Crimea. This was stated by the Culture Minister of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky, RIA News reported.
Russian minister claims that the Scythian gold should be returned to Russia, accusing the Dutch authorities of theft.
"This is an unprecedented alienation of museum valuables, which can only be compared with museum thefts of Napoleon's Italian campaigns or fascist aggression. I believe that the decision of the Dutch court is absolutely politicized, it destroys the very system of exhibition exchange," he stressed.
Medinsky said that if the court does not return the collection to the museums of the annexed peninsula, then Russia might interrupt museum relations with the country.
As it was reported earlier Scythian gold remains in the Netherlands since February 2014 and was brought to the exhibition "Crimea - the golden island in the Black Sea." By the end of February 2014 the Crimea was annexed by Russia, and the Dutch couldn’t decide where to return Scythian gold.
The occupation authorities of Crimea have filed a complaint against the decision of the Amsterdam Court to return a collection of Scythian gold to Ukraine. This was stated by the "Minister of Culture" of the occupied Crimea, Arina Novoselskaya.