Siemens Will File Lawsuits for Power Tribunes Delivered to Crimea
Gas tribunes sold to Russia by Germany high-tech company Siemens ignited a debate as they are moved to the Crimea whereby sanctions are applied by European Union. EU has imposed sanctions on Russia due to its illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, as it seems violation of international law. According to these sanctions, EU firms are prohibited to provide energy technology destined to Crimea.
Officials from Siemens repeatedly insisted it was not aware the turbines were destined for Crimea, said it would press criminal charges against those responsible for diverting the turbines.
Siemens spokesman said Russian state-owned company Technopromexport bought gas tribunes from Siemens.
The Kremlin commented on the issue and stated that the power turbines being installed in Crimea had been made in Russia using Russian components by reference to the fact that the turbines were produced at a factory in St. Petersburg.
Siemens stated that it would file lawsuits to halt any further deliveries to Crimea and to return already-dispatched equipment to its original destination. It said it was evaluating what additional actions were possible.