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Russia court refuses to return Siemens gas turbines in Crimea

They will stay on the peninsula, where they were delivered this summer
21:10, 14 December 2017

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The Moscow Court on December 14 refused to satisfy the lawsuit filed by the German company Siemens against the Russian concern Technopromexport on the return of two gas turbines that had been moved to the Crimea. This is reported by the Interfax agency.

Siemens said that the delivery of two gas turbines to the Crimea was illegal and occurred behind the back of the company, which was confirmed by its own investigation.

At the same time, the company-respondent Technopromexport argued that during the modernization of the turbines, Russian know-how was used, additional equipment was purchased, the company incurred costs for transportation, installation of equipment and certification.

Before the start of the trial Siemens also added that they are ready to transfer 150 million euros to the Russian side if they get their turbines back. The court decided to leave them in the Crimea.

Related: Appeal court confirms permit for installing Siemens gas turbines in Crimea

As it was reported earler in response to the new anti-Russian EU sanctions due to the supply of Siemens turbines to Crimea, Russia can impose its own sanctions against the German concern. 

The European Union imposed sanctions on Russian Siemens partners and the Deputy Minister of Energy Andrey Cherezov, reports Official Journal of the European Union.

"Having regard to Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP of 17 March 2014 concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine (1), the persons and entities listed in the Annex to this Decision shall be added to the list set out in the Annex to Decision 2014/145/CFSP,” the document says.

Related: Moscow court refuses to arrest Siemens turbines in Crimea

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