Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
12th January, 2016
Russia will not renew the contract on electricity supplies to Ukraine after the refusal of purchases of Ukrainian energy for Crimea, wrote the newspaper “Kommersant” on Tuesday, with reference to the representatives of the Russian Ministry of Energy.
A one-year contract on supplies of Russian electricity to Ukraine entered into force on 30 December 2014. The parties also agreed to ensure uninterrupted power supply of Crimea. Both contracts — for the supply of electricity from Ukraine to Crimea from Russia to Ukraine terminated on 1st January 2016.
“Russia will not negotiate for the supply of electricity from Russia to Ukraine. It will not renew it, as initially it was linked to the contract for the supply of electricity from Ukraine in Crimea”, — quotes the site from the representative of the Ministry of Energy.
The contract with Kiev on the supply of electricity in the Crimea expired on 31 December 2015. Meanwhile, Russia has not agreed to the proposal of Kiev to include in the new contract wording that Crimea is the territory of Ukraine. A specially conducted poll suggested 93% of Crimeans are against such a text. The “Kommersant” source in the industry explained that after the publication of the survey results, the government decided not to raise the issue of a contract extension.