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Ukraine’s National Bank wants to buy equipment from company working in annexed Crimea

Moreover, Schneider Electric Company stands for the lifting of the anti-Russian sanctions
12:38, 26 March 2019

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The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) failed to hold the tender for the construction of the main data center. The tender for $12,6 million was blocked one more time by Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine after the complaint of one the participators, who proved that the NBU artificially restricts the fair competition in the interests of particular producers.

The NBU wants to follow its way and purchase the product from the company, which still works in annexed Crimea and stands for the lifting of the anti-Russian sanctions despite the international law, as Apostroph reported.

The NBU wants to build the data center with TIER IV access level with the price of $12,6 million at Troeshchyna area of Kyiv. The industry experts note really overfunded budget of the project, stating that the data center might cost about $2-2,5 million.

Related: Ukraine imposes sanctions against 848 individuals and 294 legal entities, involved in Russian aggression in Crimea and Donbas

Three tenders of the NBU did not take place earlier and the fourth one was blocked by the board of the Anti-Monopoly Committee on the consideration of the complaints on the violation of the law in the sphere of the public procurement. It considers that the terms of reference are written for particular producers of the equipment and they violate the rights of other partakers. “Podilzhylbud” Company is sure that the most important components of the data centers, the systems of the air-conditioning and uninterrupted power supply are written in the terms of the reference for Schneider Electric Company.

It is mentioned that the public tender for the creation of the project did not take place and Schneider Electric  Ukraine Company is the developer of the project documentation for the NBU and it advises to install the products of its parent company.

“NBU openly play along its favorite. For example, the National Bank disqualified all partakers in the third tender, who came to the tender without Schneider Electric equipment,” the message said.

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The investigation stated that the Ukrainian Schneider Electric reports directly to the Russian office, who manages the whole business of the company in the CIS states. Schneider Electric actively invests to Russia, despite the tense relations of the West and anti-Russian sanctions.

“Moreover, Schneider Electric still works in annexed Crimea, re-registering in Russia. The French company recognized the annexation of Crimea by Russia as legal,” the message said.

Schneider Electric has five plants in Russia. Over 60% of the sales of the company in Russia accounted for the production of the local plants. Moreover, the production of Russian plants is exported. Considering the fact that the Ukrainian representative’s office reports directly to the office in Moscow, it is not excluded that Schneider Electric produced in Russia comes to the Ukrainian market.

Related: New anti-Russian sanctions: Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories gives details about ‘blacklist’

As we reported, Ukraine has lifted the sanctions from the Moldovan Metallurgical Plant, which is situated in Transnistria and controlled by Alisher Usmanov, the Russian oligarch tied with Putin.

Earlier Australia imposed sanctions against seven citizens of the Russian Federation in connection with Russia’s attack on Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait in November 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

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