The European Union on Friday, August 4, consider the extension of anti-Russian sanctions because of the scandal around the German concern Siemens. About it reports Reuters, citing diplomatic sources.
According to them, the barriers to the adoption of this decision are missing, and restrictive measures are likely to be expanded.
July 26 the extension of sanctions was supported by ambassadors of 28 countries — members of the community. If this happens, under the measures fall four citizens of Russia (including employees of the Ministry of energy), as well as three companies, including one that allegedly delivered the turbine Siemens in the Crimea. As noted by Reuters, with a corresponding initiative was made by Germany.
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.