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The EU has imposed additional sanctions on Moscow over a scandal surrounding the transfer of turbines supplied by German company Siemens to the Russian peninsula of Crimea in violation of previous Brussels' sanctions.
The EU added three Russian nationals and three companies to its sanctions list over the issue. Russian Deputy Minister of Energy Andrei Cherezov and a head of the ministry's department, Evgeny Grabchak, are added to the EU sanctions list.
Russia's Technopromexport (TPE) company that modernized the Siemens' turbines was also sanctioned by the EU; the firm's director general was also added to the expanded sanctions list. Moreover, the EU added Russian company Interavtomatika to the sanctions list.
In early July, Siemens created a task force team to investigate reports about the alleged transfer of turbines produced by Siemens Gas Turbines Technologies, a joint venture with the Russian Power Machines company, to the Crimean peninsula. On Friday, the company said that all four of its turbines intended for a project in Taman were illegally delivered to Crimea in violation of sanctions.
Late July, a source told Sputnik that Council of the European Union's Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) agreed to expand the list of anti-Russian individual sanctions on the initiative of Berlin.
On July 11, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said that the new power plants in Crimea would be equipped with turbines manufactured in Russia and not with ones imported from the West. Commenting on the situation, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that all products used in Crimea made in Russia.
Commenting on the issue, Russia's Technopromexport (TPE) company said it purchased turbines for Crimean power plants in the secondary market, with Russian engineering companies modernizing them.
Earlier, Siemens decided to annul a power plant equipment supply license agreement and suspend power equipment supplies to Russian state firms to devise new control measures, while Berlin promised a corresponding response to the violation of the agreements.
2017.08.04 / 18:14