Siemens moves to stop Crimea turbines commissioning

Siemens moves to stop Crimea turbines commissioning

Siemens moves to stop Crimea turbines commissioning

Russian Federation has long sought to end Crimea's dependence on electricity from the rest of Ukraine, after repeated sabotage to high-voltage lines on the Ukrainian side of the border. Siemens say the contract explicitly said that parts could not be transported to Crimea.

Media suggested that Crimea needed turbines for two new power plants under construction aiming to ensure a stable power supply to the region after its reunification with Russian Federation in 2014.

Reuters reported last week that the Siemens turbines had been delivered to Crimea.

German industrial conglomerate Siemens says that two of its gas turbines originally destined for Russian Federation had been diverted to Crimea without its knowledge. "As a effect, Siemens will initiate criminal charges against the responsible individuals", it said on Monday.

A spokesman for the German Economy Ministry, when asked about the Siemens affair on Monday, said that it was up to Siemens to ensure it respected the European Union sanctions.

Three sources close to the matter told Reuters last week that Russia's ZAO Interautomatika had been hired to help install the turbines in Crimea.

A report by Reuters published on July 5 cited three sources with knowledge of the delivery as saying that the turbines Russian Federation had delivered were made by Siemens, which has in turn set up a task force to look into the matter.

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