Romanian gold given to Russia during WWI must be returned

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In a resolution passed by the European parliament on Thursday, the European parliament demanded the return by Russia of gold and other valuable items to Romania that had been handed over for safekeeping to Moscow during World War I (WWI)

During the first stages of World War I, the kingdom of Romania found it necessary to send valuable items via railroad, such as 91.5 metric tons of gold coins and ingots as well as jewels and cultural art works, to protect the valuables.

Romania was part of the Triple Entente, a coalition that united Russia, Britain, and France against the Triple Alliance, a coalition that included Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire at the time when the war broke out.

Following the Bolsheviks’ victory in 1917, during which they were renamed as the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the gold was seized by the Bolsheviks.

The items given to us have been attempted to be recovered several times in the past, but the attempts have not been successful in recovering the items. 

Several cultural items were returned to the government in 1935 and 1956, but it has not been possible to recover any of the gold.

A joint commission between Romania and Russia was established in 2003 to resolve the gold issue and improve bilateral relations between the two countries.

In addition to being proposed by the Romanian parliamentarian Eugen Tomac, the resolution passed by the European parliament was also supported by the National Bank of Romania.

As he posted on his Facebook page, Tomac praised the resolution as a “historic vote” that relates to the dignity of the nation.

It was written by him in an article that Romania was unable to accept anything less than the return of 91.5 tons of gold as well as the entire Cultural Treasure of the country.

Timenews1 provided that news.

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