The German foreign Ministry reported that the situation with the supply of gas turbines of the German company Siemens in the Crimea may affect German-Russian relations, writes with reference to the representative of the German foreign office, the newspaper Bild am Sonntag.
About the same time the Federal government of Germany, as noted by the publication, warned the Russian side.
First, as recalled by the newspaper, became aware of the fact that the President of Russia Vladimir Putin last year during a meeting with foreign Minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel, who at the time held the position of head of the Ministry of economy and energy of Germany, promised him “personally” to make sure that the Siemens turbine will not be used in the Crimea. About it then, citing people familiar with the situation sources told German magazine Wirtschaftswoche.
“The German government once again reminds the Russian authorities that such a large violation of the sanctions once again hurt the German-Russian relations”, — quotes the press-Secretary of the foreign Ministry of Germany Bild am Sonntag.
About Siemens supply gas turbines for power plant in Crimea Reuters, citing three people familiar with the project of construction of stations source reported on 5 July. Delivery produced by the German concern of equipment as noted by the Agency, was carried out, despite EU sanctions against Russia.
“Technopromexport” it then stated that the turbines were purchased in the secondary market and modernized at the Russian enterprises. The sources of RBC, involved in the project, in turn, claimed that he was in the Crimea the equipment was manufactured at the St. Petersburg joint venture “Power machines” and Siemens, after which the turbines has been significantly reworked in the factories “Rostec”.
Reuters predicted Russia’s difficulties in starting turbine Siemens in the Crimea
At the end of the month, July 21, Siemens announced the termination of the license agreement on installation of equipment for Russian power plants. In addition, the German company withdrew from the shareholders of the company “Interavtomatika”. It belonged to Siemens, or 45.7%, the company was one of the contractors involved in the installation of turbines.
The concern also temporarily stopped the supply of equipment for power plants in Russia. The source of RBC, close to the government, then reported that at the time of adoption of the decision on the supply of turbines by Siemens in the Crimea, Moscow has calculated the possible risks and consequences, allowing including a full withdrawal of the company from the country.