MOSCOW, November 24. Russia may decide on the termination of coal supplies to Ukraine in response to energoblok of Crimea. This was stated today by the Minister of energy of Russia Alexander Novak in an interview with radio station “Vesti FM”.
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Aksenov dismissed the Minister of energy of the Crimea because of the situation with power supply
“Even in this situation and need to make the decision on the termination of the coal supply of our commercial organisations that supply coal to the Ukrainian power”, – said the Minister.
However, in the short term, these sanctions will have no effect, because Ukraine has coal reserves and own production, added Novak. “But of course, there will be shortage. And some plants may require some stops or searches of other sources of coal,” he explained.
The head of Ministry also noted that Russia within two days to stop gas supplies to Ukraine, as Gazprom until now not received payment.
November 20, in the Kherson region of Ukraine were undermined by two pylons on which electricity is supplied to the Peninsula. Crimean authorities imposed a state of emergency. Night 22 November were undermined by two power transmission towers supplying to the Peninsula.
Coal for Ukraine
According to customs statistics, during the first 9 months of 2015 from Russia to Ukraine was delivered more than 16 million tons of coal, which is more than two times higher than in the same period of 2014. Including the supply of coking coal has grown almost in 2 times to about 10 million tonnes, energy is 2.5 times to 4.6 million tons, anthracite – 3 times to about 1.6 million tons.
In Russia annually produces about 350-360 million tons of coal of various grades, of which around 150 million tonnes is exported.
The largest exporters of coking coal in Russia, including the countries of near and far abroad, are Mechel and Evraz, which owns Raspadskaya. Among exporters of thermal coal leaders are SUEK, “SDS-coal” and “KRU”, a part of UMMC.