Russian Crimea Project Faces New EU Sanctions

Herbert Rhodes
August 6, 2017

"The main goal of the sanctions is to turn Russian and European companies against each other and to deprive Europe of a choice in energy sector and to force it to import USA gas".

The European Union extended sanctions on Russian individuals and entities over the delivery of Siemans turbines to Crimea which violated prior EU restrictions due to the Russian annexation of the area. Moscow denies the allegation.

On Friday, the European Union added to the sanctions list three Russian officials: Russian Deputy Energy Minister Andrey Cherezov, the head of the department of operational control and management in Russia's electric power industry, Evgeniy Grabchak, and state firm Technopromexport CEO Sergey Topor-Gilka.

Siemens said Russia had "illegally moved to Crimea against clear contractual agreements" four gas turbines the firm delivered for a project on the Russian mainland in Krasnodar region.

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The companies placed under sanctions are the contracting party which purchased gas turbines and is responsible for the transfer, the current owner of the gas turbines, and a company specializing in control and communication systems for power plants, including in the Crimean cities of Sevastopol and Simferopol.

Three companies, including Technopromexport, were also targeted by the new sanctions.

Siemens says it has evidence that all four turbines it delivered for a project in southern Russian Federation had been illegally moved to Crimea. The proposal includes Siemens' Russian contractor, Technopromexport.

Shortly after the announcement of the new sanctions on Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry denounced the decision and expressed "deep regret" over the move by Brussels, calling the punitive measures "unfriendly, unjustified and unsubstantiated".

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