World Bulletin / News Desk
A Dutch court ruled Wednesday that priceless Crimean art treasures loaned to an Amsterdam museum shortly before Russia annexed the peninsula in 2014 should go back to Ukraine.
Four Crimean museums launched a joint legal bid in November 2014 to force the Allard Pierson Museum to return the historic collection of archeological artefacts, displayed in an exhibition titled: "The Crimea: Gold and Secrets from the Black Sea."
Kiev also demanded their return, and the Dutch judges ruled "that the objects must go to Ukraine, the artefacts' country of origin and cultural heritage," Dutch news agency ANP said.
The judges however "made no ruling as to the rightful owner of the collection," saying it was a question for Ukrainian courts, ANP reported.
Crimea was at the crossroads of ancient trade routes and the rich collection of items spanning the second century BC to the late mediaeval era was loaned to the Amsterdam museum less than a month before Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014.
Kiev says Russia illegally annexed the Black Sea territory, a month after Ukraine's Moscow-backed president was ousted in a pro-EU revolt.
It also accuses Moscow of backing the pro-Russian insurgency in Ukraine's industrial east in a conflict that has claimed nearly 10,000 lives since April 2014.
Earlier this week both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande said they favoured extending EU sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict.
Ronaldinho's brother confirms retirement of 37-year-old icon
Ghareeb works as a newspapers salesman in the Dekheila area of Alexandria.
Turkish culture minister says around 65,000 variety of books published in the country as of 2017.
Most people have swept into cities in the hope of a better life. But some are staying in the village in the hope that there will be a sustainable rural development.
Free Turkish courses will start January 16th, Yunus Emre Institute's US director says
2 roads next to UAE Embassy in Ankara renamed to reflect Turkey's Ottoman heritage and its defense of Muslim holy sites
Natural site in Turkey's southwestern Denizli province combines thermal water treatment with antique city landscape
Kartepe hosted a total of 150,000 tourists, including some 15,000 foreigners, last season
It is hard being a woman all over the world but it is much more harder in some regions, especially in Africa. Somali women have been facing some hardships just like other women in the continent of Africa.
Turkey's ambassador to Kosovo attends opening ceremony of 2 kindergartens
Dolmabahce Palace most popular site for visitors to sultans' homes
16-year-old Palestinian became symbol of protest against US move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Stephane Blet says he has held concerts in support of Palestine for the past 25 years
International students recount how they discovered real Turkey through their experiences