Russia plans to officially launch two power plants in occupied Crimea on March 18, the fifth anniversary of the annexation of the peninsula, as Reuters reported citing sources familiar with plans.
The opening of the station “coincides” with the visit of President of Russia Vladimir Putin to occupied Crimea.
The power plants were involved in the scandal when the German Company Siemens stated that its energy turbines were installed at them without its knowledge and in violation of the EU sanctions.
Russian Company Tekhnopromexport, which builds power plants, refused to comment on this situation.
Crimea was annexed by Russia after the illegal referendum held on the peninsula in March 2014. Earlier, the Russian military captured all strategic military objects and buildings of the key authoritative bodies. Neither Ukraine nor the rest of the Western countries recognized the results of the referendum. A number of the European and the world countries, including Ukraine, imposed the economic sanctions against Russia.
The scandal on the supply of the Siemens gas turbines to occupied Crimea beyond EU sanctions took place in July 2017. Four gas turbines, produced by Siemens were brought to Crimea, having circumvented the sanctions that not allow having business with the occupied territory. Russia claimed they would be used in Taman but secretly brought them to the peninsula.
First, the Russian Federation was denying the fact of the delivery. Later the subsidiary of the Russian corporation which bought the gas turbines confirmed the fact of delivery to Crimea after modernization.
The EU imposed sanctions against the Russian partners of Siemens and Andriy Cherezov, the Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation. Later, Siemens delivery supervisors were included in the US sanctions list.