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    The task force, established by Siemens on Friday, is looking into reports about alleged supplies of the company's electricity turbines to Crimea, but is not able to provide any details on the latest media reports so far, the German company's spokesman Philipp Encz told Sputnik on Thursday.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, media reported that two more turbines had been delivered to the port of Feodosia in Crimea, but noted that there was no confirmation whether the turbines on the dock were Siemens-made. Encz said that the company could not confirm these allegations yet.

    "We have a task force, which deals with everything," Encz said.

    He added that the company could not provide any other official statement except for the one made on Monday.

    "We cannot give comments regarding speculations in the media. But, undoubtedly, we will sort everything out," Encz explained.

    Russia is constructing two thermal power plants in Crimea, with the launch planned for early 2018. In June, media reported that Russia allegedly delivered electricity turbines produced by Siemens to Crimea despite EU sanctions that forbid EU companies to supply the region with energy technology. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the turbines installed at power plants in Crimea were made in Russia from Russian components.

    On Monday, Siemens said it had received information from reliable sources that at least two of the four gas turbines, supplied for a project in southern Russia's Taman, had been moved to Crimea. The company said this development was a clear violation of supply contracts with Siemens, which ban the client from supplying equipment to Crimea. On Tuesday, Encz told Sputnik that Siemens did not have proof that the turbines in Crimea belonged to the company, but had reasons to believe so.

    On Tuesday, Siemens filed lawsuits in Moscow's Arbitration Court against Russia’s Technopromexport (TPE) and a Siemens subsidiary, implicated in the alleged supply of its turbines to Russia's Crimea, in spite of EU sanctions.


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