Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
13th December, 2015
The supply of electricity from Ukraine to Crimea is possible under some conditions. This was stated at a meeting between the country’s president Petro Poroshenko and Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemilev, who calls himself the leader of the Crimean Tatar people. The meeting discussed signing a new contract after the end of the current deal on 31 December.
I was told that the contract renewal is only possible under certain conditions. First, the document must not be signed between state-owned enterprises in Russia and Ukraine, and especially not with the participation of a person who is wanted between the relevant ministries (head of “Krymenergo” Viktor Plakida) —the Ukrainian edition of “Weekly Mirror” reported, quoting Dzhemilev.
He also stated that the Treaty of Crimea should not include the term “Crimean Federal district”, and “Autonomous Republic of Crimea”, with “of the Russian Federation temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine” in brackets. Another condition is “the release of political prisoners”. According to Dzhemilev, Poroshenko agreed to these terms.
Recall that the Peninsula was left without electricity from Ukraine in the night of the 21st to 22nd of November. The reason for this was the bombings of power lines leading to the Peninsula from Ukraine. After long negotiations between the organizers of the blockade and the authorities of Ukraine, they failed to persuade them to let the repairmen fix the wires.
On the 2nd of December, the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, took part in launching the first leg of the power bridge from mainland Russia to Crimea. This month it is planned to fully launch the first stage of the power bridge, in preparation for the second stage. Thus, it will fully cover the needs of the Peninsula’s electricity demand and a supply from Ukraine will no longer be needed.
It is the same situation with the food blockade. Ukrainian products are being completely replaced by Russian ones in Crimea, deliveries of which are reinforced by arms.