11:20 15.07.2017

Situation with possible shipment of Siemens turbines to Crimea sends negative signals to foreign investors

The situation developing in Russia with the possible shipment of Siemens-manufactured turbines to Crimea bypassing the sanctions regime existing between the European Union and Russia is detrimental to foreign investors' confidence in Russian partners, a European diplomatic source in Moscow has told Interfax.

"Such actions on the part of Russian partners seriously undermine confidence in economic relations while securing and implementing contracts, which sends a negative signal to foreign investors," the source said.

As reported, Siemens turbines were shipped for the construction of a power plant in Taman. Commissioner, Technopromexport, then put this equipment for sale, but unsuccessfully. Sources said following it that two turbines had been shipped to Crimea.

Russian power plant builder Technopromexport (TPE), which is building the plants in Crimea, issued a statement on July 6 saying that it had acquired four gas turbine sets for the Crimean power plants on the secondary market. TPE said it modernized the turbines at Russian plants with the help of Russian engineering companies. The project initially factored in certain technical solutions, and the acquired turbines had to be brought in line with the initial conditions and requirements of the project.

On July 11, Siemens filed a lawsuit against TPE with Moscow's Arbitration Court.

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