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Russian minister says power project in Crimea will go ahead
July 10, 2017 / 6:05 PM / 4 months ago

Russian minister says power project in Crimea will go ahead

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Monday that construction of two power plants in Crimea would go ahead.

FILE PHOTO: Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak attends a joint briefing in Beijing, China May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

He was asked for comment about the project after Germany’s Siemens’ said in a statement on Monday that at least two of its gas turbines had been moved “against its will” from Russia to Crimea - a region subject to sanctions barring EU firms providing it with energy technology.

Novak did not mention the German company by name but said: “The project will be implemented in any case.”

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a conference in Istanbul, he added that the Crimea region needed the power plants and the first stations could be launched in the first quarter of 2018.

Reporting by Olesya Astakhova; writing by Polina Devitt; editing by Susan Fenton

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