As reported by a parliamentary correspondent for Censor.NET, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said at a Q&A hour in the parliament on Friday, April 6, responding to the question of Ukraine’s MP, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov.
"We have repeatedly appealed to the German government, the European Union, and directly to Siemens. I met with the management of Siemens. And we made coordinated efforts to foil this (illegal putting of turbines into operation in Crimea - Ed.) through filing relevant lawsuits. Siemens continues these litigations to prevent the turbines that were fraudulently smuggled into occupied Crimea from operating there. I was assured by the Siemens management and received similar assurances from the German government that they will keep using both political and judicial means to prevent this," Ukraine’s top diplomat said.
In July 2017, Reuters made public its investigation that found that turbines delivered to occupied Crimea for further use in the Russian-built power plants were produced at the factory co-owned by Siemens and Power Machines Concern based in Russia. The German company said in March that the equipment was delivered to the Russian Taman region. However, the sources told Reuters that two of the four turbines ended up in Sevastopol where they were going to be installed at a local power plant.
The possibility to re-route the turbines to Crimea was discussed earlier, but Siemens noted that these turbines were designed solely for Taman, but not for the occupied Ukrainian peninsula, where such equipment is banned to be supplied to under sanctions imposed by the EU.
Siemens denies flatly its involvement in the delivery of turbines from Russia to Crimea. On July 11, Siemens filed lawsuits against two Russian companies with the Moscow Arbitration Court concerning gas turbines, which were illegally delivered from Russia to the Crimea circumventing the sanctions.
On June 21, Siemens said in a statement that it would stop supplying power equipment under the Russian state order.
On August 4, the European Union expanded the sanctions list by adding in it three more Russian officials and three entities following controversy with Siemens gas turbines supplied in annexed Crimea in violation of contracts.
Siemens and its Russian-based subsidiary are suing two companies with the same name of Technopromexport (Tekhnopromexport OJSC and Technopromexport LLC), subordinate to Rostekh Corporation, over four gas turbines that popped up in annexed Crimea. Siemens notes that the contract mentioned a thermal power plant in Russia as an end user of the turbines while that very contract completely denied possibility of their delivery from Russia to Crimea designated by the EU sanctions.
Russia argues that after one of the two Technopromexports, the one which the contract was signed with, resold the turbines to another Tekhnopromexport, these turbines started being considered as "goods acquired in the second-hand market" and were no longer a subject to restrictions under the initial contract.
On Dec. 10, 2017, the Moscow Arbitration Court dismissed the complaint of Siemens’ subsidiary against the companies of Rostekh Corporation on cancellation of contracts for the supply of gas turbines, which were subsequently brought in Crimea. Earlier, in December 2017, the same court rejected the request of the German corporation to return back to Russia the four gas turbines smuggled to the peninsula in violation of the agreements. In November 2017, the same court for the third time dismissed an action to attach the turbines.