Vladimir Putin last year promised the authorities of Germany to personally make sure that the Siemens turbine will not be supplied to Crimea, I learned the German magazine Wirtschaftswoche
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The President of Russia Vladimir Putin at the “meeting in a narrow circle” with representatives of the German authorities promised to “personally” make sure that the four gas turbines Siemens will not be supplied to Crimea. About this, citing familiar with the situation sources according to a German magazine Wirtschaftswoche.
Talks, said the sources, took place in September last year in Moscow. On them, says Wirtschaftswoche, in particular, was attended by the current German foreign Minister and then — Minister of economy and energy of Germany Sigmar Gabriel and the German Ambassador to Russia rüdiger von Fritsch.
The promise of Putin, according to sources of the magazine, the German authorities informed Siemens. In the company, as told Wirtschaftswoche, “were forced to rely on the words of Putin.”
These statements, as explained by the interlocutor of the edition, neither will confirm or deny information about the Russian leader”s promise for gas turbines Siemens. In addition, the representative of the German foreign Ministry, according to Wirtschaftswoche, expressed confidence that Siemens this information also comment will not be.
RBC sent a request to the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.
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On the supply gas turbines of the German company Siemens in the Crimea for the power station became known on July 5. About it, citing three people familiar with the project of construction of stations source told Reuters. This, as said the Agency, was the turbines, which were manufactured by Siemens. Their supply, as noted by Reuters, was carried out despite the EU sanctions against Russia.
Siemens, in turn, declared the beginning of own investigation of the data. July 10, a German Corporation filed a lawsuit in the Moscow arbitration court against three Russian companies — “daughters” “Rostec”, JSC Technopromexport and JSC “Technopromexport”, which was responsible for the delivery of the turbines supplied by Siemens to the Russian side in 2016, and against Petersburg, OOO “Siemens gas turbine technology” — a joint venture of the German company and OJSC “Power machines”, which produced the equipment.
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At the same time “Technopromexport”, then claimed that the turbines were purchased in the secondary market and modernized at the Russian enterprises. RBC sources involved in the project, in turn, argued that trapped in the Crimea, the equipment was produced in a joint venture of “Power machines” and Siemens in St. Petersburg. Then these turbines, according to them, was much reworked in the factories “Rostec”.
21 July, Siemens announced the termination of the license agreement on installation of equipment for Russian power plants, as well as the exit from among shareholders of the company “Interavtomatika”. In it the German company owned 45.7% of the company was one of the contractors involved in the installation of turbines.
In addition, the group has temporarily suspended the supply of equipment for power plants in Russia, including for production for government contracts. The source of RBC, close to the government, meanwhile, reported that during decision-making about the supply of turbines by Siemens in the Crimea, Moscow has calculated the possible risks and consequences, including allowing a full withdrawal of the company from the country.