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Foreign valuables in Western museums a colonial tradition of theft, State Department says

MOSCOW, November 29 – RIA Novosti. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the presence of foreign artifacts in Western museums, including ancient Greek values ​​u200bu200bin England, is a manifestation of the colonial tradition of theft. To inform for the media.

Previously, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak refused to meet with his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis in London. Mitsotakis planned to raise at the meeting the issue of returning the Parthenon statues, which were removed by Lord Elgin, the British ambassador to Constantinople in the early 19th century. Greece claims the works of art were stolen and exported illegally. Britain claims that the statues were purchased legally by Lord Elgin and that the British Museum now owns them.

“These are all the same theft, and we definitely share this point of view. This is a colonial tradition. They have been stealing national treasures from different parts of the world for centuries, and their museums largely consist of collections.” “What was stolen from the colonies?” says Zakharova, describing the existence of illegally exported valuables, including ancient Greek items, in the British Museum.

He also noted that the scandal over the statues was “a matter of bilateral relations between states.” “They are sovereign, they will solve their problems on their own,” Zakharova said.

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