Russia's energy ministry said on Wednesday it would next week discuss the possible postponement of the launch of full-capacity operation at two power plants under construction in Crimea.
Work on the plants in Crimea, a region Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, has been hampered by sanctions barring the import of Western technology to the peninsula.
One of the plant, with a capacity of up to 120 megawatts, is meant to cover a shortfall of electricity until two other bigger plants in Crimea come online.
German engineering firm Siemens has alleged that Russia delivered its turbines to Crimea for use in the two plants without its knowledge. Delivery of the turbines, intended for the two new power stations under construction, had been delayed for over a year because the firms involved feared to violate EU sanctions, people involved in the project have told Reuters.
EU sanctions bar European individuals and companies from providing energy technology to Crimea or from taking any actions designed to circumvent those rules due to the bloc's view that the peninsula was illegally stolen from Ukraine.
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