The Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday condemned the Netherlands for allowing the United States to advance deploy military hardware on its soil and said a Dutch court ruling that ordered Crimean treasures returned to Ukraine was unfriendly.
“It looks like the Dutch authorities have started to get a taste for deliberately destroying relations with Russia,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.
Zakharova said a Dutch court order that said Crimean museum treasures had to be returned to Ukraine instead of Russia was unjust and would end The Hague’s ambitions to become the world’s legal capital.
Russia said last week it would appeal a Dutch court ruling that said a priceless collection of gold artifacts from Crimea on loan to a Dutch museum must be returned to Ukraine.
(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Andrew Osborn)