GIFT investigated by Interpol: Lavrov RETURNS ICON to Dodik (PHOTO)
The icon from the 18th century from Lugansk, which the Serbian member of the Presidency of BiH Milorad Dodik gave to the head of Russian diplomacy Sergey Lavrov during his recent visit to BiH, will be returned to the gift giver in order for Interpol to determine its history, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.
“The icon will be returned to the gift giver in order to further clarify its history through Interpol,” the Ministry announced, as reported by Sputnik.
Dodik has not yet commented on the announcement by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During Lavrov’s visit, the Srna agency reported that Dodik presented the Russian foreign minister with a gilded icon from the 18th century from Lugansk, and Dodik’s Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) posted a photo on Twitter.
It is assumed that it is the icon of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, and the photo shows a red wax seal on the back of the icon and the imprint of the URSR. People’s Committee for Education. Ukrnauka. Odessa Regional Commission.
The Embassy of Ukraine in Bosnia and Herzegovina reacted and sent a note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of BiH asking for detailed information on the origin of the icon from Lugansk, a city in Ukraine.
The Embassy of Ukraine considers this act as providing support to the alleged aggressive policy of the Russian Federation, Sputnik reported.
The Prosecutor’s Office of BiH announced that it had formed the “icon case” on the basis of information from Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Council of Ministers of BiH, Bisera Turkovic.
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