19:04 GMT +329 June 2017
Live
    Energy supply situation in Crimea

    Russia Vows to Respond if Ukraine Fails to Restore Electricity in Crimea

    © Sputnik/ Sergey Malgavko
    Europe
    Get short URL
    32976224

    The speaker of the Russian lower house of parliament, Valentina Matvienko, called the Crimean energy blockade "a terrorist act".

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia is devising retaliatory measures if Ukraine does not restore electricity in Russia’s Crimea, the speaker of the Russian lower house of parliament, Valentina Matvienko, said Wednesday.

    Up to 2.5 million Crimeans were left without electricity over the weekend when explosions downed several transmission towers in southern Ukraine, according to Russia's Emergencies Ministry.

    "If Ukraine does not restore Crimea’s power supply, we will be forced to respond with adequate measures. Such measures are being developed," Matvienko told reporters.

    The senior lawmaker said the influence of radical nationalist factions on Ukrainian leadership reminded her of a "rudderless ship," citing the lack of search operations for the culprits and no repair works underway.

    "This is not provocation, this is a terrorist act," she stressed.

    A state of emergency has been declared in the Black Sea peninsula following the blackout, switching to local emergency power generators.

    Supporters of the Crimean energy blockade are continuing to prevent police and repair crew access to the damaged electrical facilities.

    Related:

    First Stage of Energy Bridge to Crimea to be Completed by December 20
    ‘Shooting Down of Russian Jet Means Bringing NATO Into Syria’
    Russian Deputy PM Backs Idea to Halt Coal Deliveries to Ukraine Over Crimea
    Tags:
    energy blockade, Valentina Matvienko, Crimea, Ukraine, Russia
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment