The Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany Andriy Melnyk believes that Kiev has every right to count on compensation from Berlin both for the cultural values lost during World War II and for the Bach archive, disinterestedly transferred to the FRG 20 years ago.
The archive of notes by Johann Sebastian Bach, the cultural value of which is priceless, and the material value exceeds tens of billions of euros, was transferred during the presidency of Leonid Kuchma to the government of Gerhard Schroeder in 2001. Among the Ukrainian public, heated discussions are still going on as to whether this political step by those authorities was appropriate and legally permissible, besides, the Ukrainian parliament did not agree to this.
In a letter, Melnik refuses to participate in the festive concert on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the transfer of the Bach archive and gives reasons for his decision.
“It was emphasized to the German government that the Ukrainian side expects steps from Germany: both in terms of compensation for the huge losses of the cultural heritage of Ukraine during the Nazi occupation, and in terms of political support for my Motherland on the way to EU membership,” wrote Miller in a letter to the chairman of the Berlin Singing Academy Foundation, Georg Graf zu Castel-Castel.
He draws attention to the fact that the official proposals of the Ukrainian government, according to which Germany could, for example, create a “War Loss Compensation Fund” to purchase valuable world-class art objects for the most affected Ukrainian museums, are simply ignored.
On the whole, Ukraine accounts for 73% of the total losses of cultural values of the USSR, – said Melnik.
The Ukrainian diplomat said that “the bilateral dialogue will remain burdened” as long as Berlin will further deny Kiev a serious discussion about Germany’s historical responsibility to Ukraine, especially in the field of reparations of the lost cultural heritage and “neglect the legitimate interests and rights of Ukraine.”
“The German government was noted that the Ukrainian side expects steps from Germany: both in terms of compensation for the huge losses of the cultural heritage of Ukraine during the Nazi occupation, and in terms of political support for my Motherland on the way to EU membership,” he explained Miller.
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