MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia's Ninth Arbitration Appeals Court has upheld a lower court's ruling in the Siemens case, refusing to seize the turbines in Crimea, ban their installation, other use and alienation, according to a Sputnik correspondent reporting from the courtroom on Monday.
The Moscow Arbitration Court reviewed a lawsuit filed by Siemens against the Technopromexport company, Rostec’s subsidiary, in which the German concern demanded that the deal to supply its turbines for the power plants being built in Crimea be invalidated. Siemens also demanded to oblige Technopromexport to return four turbines to the manufacturer — the Russian subsidiary of Siemens.
Siemens Turbines Scandal
Meanwhile, 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 were made in Russia.
Russia's Technopromexport company, in its turn, said it had purchased turbines for Crimean power plants on the secondary market, with Russian engineering companies upgrading them.
As a result, the European Union added three Russian nationals and three companies involved in the turbines scandal to the sanctions list at Germany's request, with Moscow slamming the move as a violation of international norms.