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Ukraine to pay Netherlands €100 thousand for Scythian gold storage
17:56, 14 December 2016
Ukraine to pay Netherlands €100 thousand for Scythian gold storage

Petrenko predicts that Crimean museum’s collection will return to Ukraine by the end of 2017

17:56, 14 December 2016

Press-service of the Cabinet of Ministers

Ukraine is ready to pay 100 thousand euros to the Netherlands for storage and transportation of exhibits of the annexed by Russia Crimea to Kyiv. It was announced by the Minister of Justice Pavel Petrenko to the journalists, reports Ukrainian News.

"Ukraine is ready to pay the amount to the local museum (in the Netherlands) for the storage, and by the time collection returns to Ukraine we will cover all the expenses," he said.

Ukraine is to pay more than 100 thousand euros by the court decision according to the Minister. Petrenko called this decision legitimate and relevant in the international practice.

The court usually demands that the losing party reimburse the legal costs but not the cost of storage and transportation of the objects of art, according to him.

Related: Crimea to appeal against Dutch Court decision on returning Scythian gold

The Minister also said that the decision of the Dutch court has crucial prejudicial meaning, as it could be seen as a precedent when considering other disputes between Ukraine and Russia in international courts.

Petrenko supposes that the Crimean museum collection will be returned to Ukraine by the end of 2017.

Earlier it was reported that Netherlands will return Scythian gold to Ukraine. The District Court of Amsterdam decided to return to Ukraine the collection of Scythian gold that was sent there for the exhibition before Russian annexation of Crimea.

Related: Crimean hostages: the story of "Scythian gold" dispute

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