Moscow Court Dismisses Siemens Claim to Arrest Turbines in Crimea
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Moscow’s court of arbitration dismissed the German company Siemens’ claim to arrest Crimean turbines it had supplied to Russia and impose a ban on their installment.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — However, Moscow’s court agreed to hear on September 18 Siemens’ complaint against Russia’s Rostec State Corporation concerning the alleged delivery of its turbines for power stations to Crimea in violation of EU sanctions, the court’s schedule showed.
The complaint was registered on July 11. The plaintiff demanded from the court to recognize the deal as obsolete. The respondents in the case are Russia’s Technopromexport and Siemens Gas Turbines Technologies, a joint venture of Siemens AG and Power Machines company.
Earlier in August, the EU imposed additional sanctions on Moscow over the scandal surrounding the transfer of turbines supplied by German company Siemens to the Russian peninsula of Crimea in violation of previous Brussels’ sanctions. The EU added three Russian nationals and three companies to its sanctions list over the issue. Moscow said it reserves the right to respond.
In early July, Siemens created a task force team to investigate reports about the alleged transfer of turbines produced by Siemens Gas Turbines Technologies, a joint venture with the Russian Power Machines company, to the Crimean peninsula. On Friday, the company said that all four of its turbines intended for a project in Taman were illegally delivered to Crimea in violation of sanctions.
On July 11, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said that the new power plants in Crimea would be equipped with turbines manufactured in Russia and not with ones imported from the West. Commenting on the situation, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that all products used in Crimea made in Russia.
Commenting on the issue, Russia’s Technopromexport (TPE) company, which is part of Rostec, said it purchased turbines for Crimean power plants in the secondary market, with Russian engineering companies modernizing them.
Crimea rejoined Russia in 2014 after almost 96 percent of its voters supported the move through a referendum held in March 2014. Kiev, as well as Brussels and Washington, did not recognize the referendum results. Russian authorities have repeatedly said that the Crimean residents decided to rejoin Russia in a democratic procedure and that the referendum was conducted in compliance with the international law.