KIEV, August 21 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine is planning to sue Crimean authorities over the collection of Scythian Gold items, held in a museum in Amsterdam, Ukrainian Culture Minister Yevhen Nyshchuk said Thursday.
“We are going to sue the authorities of Crimea,” the minister said, adding that Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is filing the suit.
"We intentionally agreed to the exhibition being put on display in the Netherlands until the clarification of all circumstances... We deliberately agreed to this deal with them. It is to our advantage now," Nyshchuk said, commenting on the Dutch museum’s decision.
"We insist that, before the situation in Crimea is clarified, the Scythian Gold is transferred for temporary storage in Kiev – in the historical and art museums, depending on the items,” the minister added.
The museum in Amsterdam said Wednesday it would keep the collection of Scythian Gold items, which are entangled in an ownership dispute between Ukraine and its former republic of Crimea, until the dispute is resolved.
Russian Culture Ministry aide Kirill Rybak told RIA Novosti that the Dutch museum’s unwillingness to return the Scythian Gold exhibit to Crimea is unjustified, and Kiev’s complaints should not serve as a hindrance.
A collection of rare gold artifacts was sent to the Netherlands in February for an exhibition showcasing artifacts from five Ukrainian museums, four of which are located in Crimea.
In March, Kiev demanded the gold be returned to Ukraine, not Crimea, since the latter had reunified with Russia. Crimea, however, dismissed the demands as groundless.