Jupakka from the confiscated collections of Russian museums gives the EU a quick decision – art treasures stuck in Finland can be taken to Russia

Last night, the EU changed its regulation on Russia’s sanctions on works of art. The change means that transport between museums can be granted an exemption, Customs informs.

At the same time, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs says that it will grant permission for art transports stopped in Finland. As a result, the collections of Russian museums stuck in Finland can be taken across the border to Russia.

Last weekend, Customs stopped three art transports on their way to Russia from the Vaalimaa border station. Trucks were transporting works of art to Russia coming from Italy and Japan.

A diplomatic conflict ensued, and Russia invited Finland’s ambassador to Moscow to address him on Thursday.

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Pekka Haavisto stated that Customs will of course have to comply with EU regulations, but at the same time “Finland has no reason to pledge the goods of any museum here.”

By Editor

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