The European Union expanded sanctions against Russia because of the scandal with Siemens

Continued: the Ministry has responded to the expansion of the EU sanctions due to turbines Siemens

The EU extended the restrictions against Russia because of the scandal around the German concern Siemens. On Friday, August 4, reported on the website of the EU Council.

“The EU added three Russians and three companies involved in the delivery of gas turbines in the Crimea, in the list of persons subject to restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine”, — stated in the message. It also States that “the establishment of an independent energy supply of the Crimea and Sevastopol supports their secession from Ukraine”.

Restrictions imposed on the Deputy Minister of energy of Russia Andrei Tcherezov and head of the Department of energy Eugene Grabchak. In addition, the list submitted by the JSC “foreign economic Association Technopromexport” and OOO “foreign economic Association Technopromexport”, their CEO Sergei TopoR-Gilkey, as well as JSC “Interavtomatika”.

On 21 July, Siemens announced that it had received credible information about upgrading and moving to the Crimea four turbines, which were delivered in the summer of 2016 for the project in Taman (Krasnodar region). The company argued that this was in breach of contract. The company intends to seek the return of the equipment in the Taman and to prevent new supplies to Crimea.

In addition, it was reported that Siemens is ready to buy all the equipment and cancel the contract. However, “Technopromexport”, former partner of the group, said on 28 July that the official of such proposals is not received. The representative of the state-owned company also noted that the equipment was modernized by the Russian side. “Used Russian know-how, purchased additional equipment. The company incurred costs of transportation, equipment installation and certification,” — he stressed.

Crimea became part of Russia after the March 2014 referendum in which the majority of inhabitants of the region have supported such a decision. Kiev, the EU and the USA refused to recognize results of plebiscite. In Moscow insist that the accession of the region conform to the norms of international law.