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    Arkady Dvorkovich supports the idea of imposing responsive measures against Ukraine for the electrical blackout in Crimea.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, who heads the energy complex in the government, supports the idea of imposing responsive measures against Ukraine for the electrical blackout in Crimea.

    “Yes, I support this,” Dvorkovich told journalists in response to whether he would support countermeasures voiced by Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak earlier in the day of the possibility of cutting off coal deliveries to Ukraine’s electrical facilities.

    The Crimean blackout began on Sunday, after Ukrainian extremist groups blew up power line pylons on the Ukrainian side of the border. The Ukrainian power utility has thus far been unable to repair the pylons, as extremists maintain access to the site and local police have not been able to gain access.

    “Maybe in this case we need to make a similar decision on halting the deliveries of coal by our commercial organizations that deliver coal to Ukrainian electrical stations,” Novak said on Russia’s Vesti-FM radio station earlier on Tuesday.

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