MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Reuters earlier Friday quoted diplomatic sources as saying the EU would later in the day decide to expand sanctions against Russia over the Siemens scandal.
"This is not a reason for our reaction," Peskov told journalists when asked to comment on the report.
In early July, Siemens created a task force team to investigate reports about the alleged transfer of turbines produced by Siemens Gas Turbines Technologies, a joint venture with the Russian Power Machines company, to the Crimean peninsula. On Friday, the company said that all four of its turbines intended for a project in Taman were illegally delivered to Crimea.
On July 11, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said that the new power plants in Crimea would be equipped with turbines manufactured in Russia and not with ones imported from the West. Commenting on the situation, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that all products used in Crimea made in Russia.
Commenting on the issue, Russia's Technopromexport (TPE) company said it purchased turbines for Crimean power plants in the secondary market, with Russian engineering companies modernizing them.