Chapter MFA Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba will continue to demand the return of the icon donated by the chairman of the Presidium of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Milorad Dodik to the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov . He wrote about this in his Twitter .
According to him, Russian diplomats “disowned” the relic. At the same time, the chairman of the Presidium of BiH allegedly continues to lie, believing that Ukraine did not ask to return the Orthodox icon to them. “But Mr. Dodik continues to lie. Ukraine continues to demand the return of the icon,” Kuleba stressed.
December 17, the Ukrainian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina sent a note to Sarajevo with the demand to urgently provide information about the icon donated to Lavrov, as well as to facilitate her immediate return to her homeland. “The embassy claims that the icon is a cultural blessing of Ukraine,” announced Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Foreign Minister Bissera Turkovich. Russia returned a gift on December 23.
A gilded Orthodox icon from Lugansk during the Russian Empire was presented to Lavrov by the head of the Presidium of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik. On the back of the relic there is a seal with the inscription “People’s Commissar of Education of the Ukrainian SSR”.