MOSCOW, April 8. /TASS/. The museum exhibits that have been stopped on the Finnish border for thorough customs clearance may be back home this weekend, Russia’s Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova said on her Telegram channel on Friday.
"The Ministry of Culture has begun to make arrangements for the collections’ return. It is expected that the works of art will be back to Russia this weekend," Lyubimova said.
She explained that the further transportation of exhibits was made possible by the European Commission’s decision to the effect they are not on the sanction list.
"We are grateful to our colleagues at the Foreign Ministry, the Russian embassy in Finland and the Federal Customs Service for taking prompt joint action and for the assistance in communicating with the Finnish authorities," Lyubimova said.
Earlier, Russia’s Culture Ministry said that the works of art that had undergone the checks were part of two exhibition projects in Italy featuring exhibits from the State Hermitage Museum and the museum preserves Tsarskoye Selo, Pavlovsk and Gatchina and also the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Museum of Oriental Art and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, which had arrived from Japan.