Crimean Culture Minister Arina Novoselskaya is willing to represent Crimea at a hearing on the return of Scythian gold from the Netherlands in Amsterdam, RIA Novosti reported on Monday. The date for the hearing has not been scheduled yet.
In November, four Crimean museums filed a lawsuit with a court in Amsterdam seeking to return the Scythian gold that was exhibited in the Netherlands to Crimea.
Kiev is demanding that the exhibit items be returned to Ukraine. On December 10, the case was represented in court without the parties in dispute.
Novoselskaya admitted that the return of Scythian gold is a difficult issue for legal and political reasons. She hopes that the court would rule that at least part of the collection be returned to the Crimean museums.
A collection of more than 2,000 unique exhibits was put on view in Amsterdam early in February 2014, before Crimean annexation. The collection of Scythian gold has been claimed by both Ukraine and Russia.
The exhibition includes what the museum says are ‘spectacular archaeological finds’, including gold items, a scabbard and a ceremonial helmet, and countless precious gems.
Exhibits of the Kiev Museum which were also on view in the Dutch capital were returned to Ukraine in September.