Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak said that the first units of the power plants in Crimea will be launched in the first quarter of 2018, and the situation around the gas turbines, brought to the Peninsula in violation of international agreements and contracts on terms not affected, reports TASS.

“The project will be implemented in any case, since we need the construction of a generation. Companies implement those technical solutions that were adopted,” said Novak, answering the question of what happens if the turbine will be withdrawn.

Yesterday Siemens announced that it is preparing a lawsuit against the Russian company “Tekhnopromexport” (daughter of “Rostec”) after it became known that in the Crimea was delivered by turbine manufactured by German company. “Over the past several months, our client has repeatedly confirmed to us that the delivery to the Crimea will follow. Siemens intends to initiate criminal proceedings against those responsible,” – said in concern.

The representative of Siemens in Munich Wolfram Trost said that his company did not supply turbines to the Crimea and did not violate the sanctions regime. This information was confirmed in an interview with Reuters and a representative of the Ministry of Economics of Germany, who assured that the company “is responsible for compliance with laws and applicable sanctions” of the EU.

According to Reuters, the supply of turbines in the Crimea was occupied by Russian CJSC “Interavtomatika”, in which Siemens owns a 45.7% stake. Company Technopromexport, which builds stations in the Crimea, July 6 issued a statement that he had purchased four sets of gas turbines for the Crimean power plants on the secondary market.

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the situation, said that in the Crimea installed turbines manufactured in Russia and assembled in the Russian companies. A message indicating that Siemens want to avoid installing turbines in the Crimea, he left without comment.

Novak assured that the scandal around the “sanctions” of the turbines will not ruin the plans for the supply of the Crimea 11.07.2017

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