A collection of paintings from Moscow's Pushkin State Art Museum seized briefly in a Swiss dispute are being allowed to leave the country, a government spokesman said Wednesday.
"Cantonal (state) authorities have been requested to carry out the release immediately," said Oswald Sigg, a Cabinet spokesman.
Under international law, national cultural assets are protected against confiscation, Paul Seger, a Foreign Ministry official, told a news conference.
Switzerland hopes the prompt release will avoid a legal dispute with Russia, officials said. Under Switzerland's federal system, the government had to invoke a constitutional clause giving it priority over cantons when national interests are at stake. A.M.
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