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Kremlin says turbines being installed in Crimea are of Russian origin
July 13, 2017 / 11:05 AM / 2 months ago

Kremlin says turbines being installed in Crimea are of Russian origin

FILE PHOTO: Saftey helmets are piled up for media representatives at the Siemens AG gas turbine factory hall in Berlin, Germany, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Thursday that gas turbines being installed in Crimea were of Russian origin after German engineering firm Siemens said earlier this week that two of its turbines had been delivered there against its wishes and without its knowledge.

Russia seized the region from Ukraine in 2014 and it is now subject to European sanctions on energy technology.

When asked about the row with Siemens, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters:

“We do not have anything to add to what we have said earlier. Equipment related to the power sector is indeed being installed there (in Crimea). The equipment being installed there is of Russian origin.”

Siemens has filed a lawsuit against Russian state firm Technopromexport requiring it to return the turbines to their original destination in southern Russia, which is not subject to sanctions.

Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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