First Deputy Minister of culture of Ukraine Svetlana Fomenko believes that in the near future should not expect an end to the dispute in the case of return of Ukraine kept in the Museum Allard Pierson (the Netherlands) exhibits Crimean museums («Scythian gold»).
She said this at a press conference in Kyiv on Thursday, reports citing the Interfax-Ukraine.
«On 14 December we will receive the decision of the District court of Amsterdam. No matter what it will be, we understand that it’s only the middle of our journey. The dispute is not decided in December. Of course, this is a landmark decision because it will show the validity of the Dutch court,» said the clerk.
Fomenko also noted that the Ministry of culture of Ukraine has made everything to return these items and now everything depends on lawyers, who will represent Ukraine in Amsterdam. «We changed the required number of regulations, orders. We worked a lot of things concerning the transport of cultural property. That is all dependent on the Ministry of culture, we did,» she said.
Remind, the exhibition «Crimea — Golden island in the Black sea» in the Allard Pierson Museum was formed from collections of five museums, one of which is located in Kiev and four in Crimea. Since the Netherlands did not recognize the Russian annexation of Crimea, which was held after the exhibition opening, the question arose of whom to return a collection.
The official position of Ukraine — «exhibits may not be returned to the occupied territory, which is temporarily not under Ukrainian control, they must be passed directly to the state Ukraine».
We will remind, in February 2014 the collection of Scythian gold was removed to Amsterdam to participate in the exhibition «Crimea: gold and secrets of the Black sea» in the Pearson Museum. The exhibition consists of collections of five museums, one of which is located in Kiev and four in Crimea. Among the 500 exhibits – artifacts from Scythian gold, a ceremonial helmet, precious stones, and swords of the ancient Greeks and Scythians.
The Dutch side refused to return the exhibits to Crimean museums, citing the refusal that took them from Ukraine. Later, the Museum declared that before judgment will not share the Scythian gold either Kiev or Crimea. In April 2015 the district court of Amsterdam declared Ukraine to be one of the parties in this proceeding.
On 5 October it became known that district court of Amsterdam has promised to make a decision regarding the return of Ukraine the so-called «Scythian gold» on December 14.
The Ministry of culture believes that the dispute over the «Scythian gold» will not end even after court decisions 01.12.2016