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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Romanian Treasure

BUCHAREST, Romania -- A Russian diplomat has dampened hopes Romania might recover national treasure transported to Moscow, because of old debts and because its location is unknown, local media reported Friday.

The treasure, valuables from the Romanian royal family, was shipped to Moscow by train during World War I ahead of the German and Austro-Hungarian armies advance through Romania. The goods arrived in Moscow in 1917 but were never returned.

Russian Minister Counselor Alexander Vladimirov told the Romanian daily Ziua that even if the location of the valuables was known, "Moscow considers that what it has suffered because of Romania" is greater than the worth of the Romanian patrimony.