Reuters found out about the EU’s plan to extend sanctions for Siemens turbines in the Crimea


As reported by Reuters, citing diplomatic sources, the EU on the proposal of Germany intend to discuss the extension of sanctions against Russia in connection with the supply of gas turbines for Siemens in the Crimea. We can talk about inclusion in a list of three or four citizens and legal entities.

Agency sources indicated that we can talk about the officials of the Ministry of energy and the company that transported the turbine to the Crimea. Smuggled equipment to the Peninsula were engaged in “daughter” of “Rostec” company “Tekhnopromexport” and install them — the company “Interavtomatika”.

The representative of the Ministry told RBC that does not comment to Reuters about the impending EU sanctions against officials of the Department.

The construction of power plants in Crimea overseen by the Deputy Minister of energy Andrey Cherezov.

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov also declined to comment to the Agency. “Do not believe it is possible to comment on the Reuters story, which does not contain any links to any clear source. Often such reports have since been proven fake. therefore, do not consider it possible to comment on it”, — quotes its words “RIA Novosti”.

July 21 the German concern declared the beginning of the process of breaking license agreements with Russian companies for the supply of Siemens equipment for power plants. This happened after the company received “reliable information” about what her gas turbines, to be sent to the Krasnodar Krai, “has been locally modified and illegally moved to the Crimea”, which is not consistent with the terms of the contract.

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On the same day, Siemens announced its withdrawal from the number of shareholders of the company “Interavtomatika” in which the German company owns 45.7% of the.

Earlier Siemens has filed a lawsuit against “Technopromexport”. The Moscow arbitration court will consider the claim on August 21. A subsidiary of Rostec insists that in the Crimea turbines were purchased in the secondary market and greatly refined at Russian refineries.

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The first message that the gas turbine was in the Crimea, issued by Reuters 5 July. RBC sources involved in the project, confirmed this information, saying that the Peninsula is delivered to two turbines out of four.

Sources RBC reported that the installation was made in a joint venture Siemens and “Power machines”, Saint-Petersburg, and then partially reworked in the factories “Rostec”. “The degree of modernization is so great that products can no longer carry the name of the manufacturer, it is a different product,” — said the interlocutor of RBC, close to the project participant.

The next day, rostec, issued a statement, which said that “Technopromexport” has purchased four sets of gas turbines for power facilities in the Crimea on the secondary market and held them in the modernization of Russian plants and engineering companies.

However Siemens after the investigation came to the conclusion that “Technopromexport” the plan was to enter a vendor in error and an explanation about the supply in Taman was a cover. The company demanded the arrest of the turbine and prevent them to mount in the Crimea.

German magazine Wirtschaftswoche on 21 July reported that in September last year, the question about gas turbines from Siemens were discussed at the meeting of President Vladimir Putin with the Minister of economy and energy of Germany Sigmar Gabriel and the German Ambassador to Russia Rudiger von pricem. Then the head of state allegedly promised to personally make sure that the Siemens turbine will not be supplied to Crimea.

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on the message of the German edition.

The Financial Times on the night of July 24 wrote that the EU is not interested in the sanctions that are now offering US. They affect the activities located in Europe energy companies that have joint projects with Russia. In Brussels intend to demand from President Donald trump “public or written assurance” that the sanctions will not affect the EU’s interests and not contradict them.

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