Siemens seeks to halt proceedings over alleged supply of its turbines to Crimea
MOSCOW, November 2 (RAPSI) – German conglomerate Siemens has filed a motion with the Moscow Commercial Court asking to halt proceedings in its lawsuit against subsidiaries of Russia’s state corporation Rostec, Technopromexport companies, over alleged supply of its turbines to Crimea, RIA Novosti reported on Thursday.
The plaintiff seeks to suspend the proceedings until the court issues a ruling in a lawsuit filed by the conglomerate’s Russian subsidiary, Siemens technologies of gas turbines, seeking to recognize a contract with subsidiaries of Rostec over supply of turbines as partially invalid. According to Siemens, a ruling in that case will be relevant to its own lawsuit seeking to find the deal unlawful as well.
On October 16, Technopromexport filed a counterclaim against Siemens also seeking to recognize a contract with the Russian Siemens subsidiary over supply of turbines as partially invalid.
In July, Siemens asked the court to seize four turbines constructed by its subsidiaries and prohibit defendants from installing these turbines, acquired in 2015. The court dismissed this claim due to the lack of evidence.
In September, the court dismissed the conglomerate’s claim due to the lack of evidence. In October, the Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal against the ruling.
Earlier, reliable sources told Siemens that at least two out of its four gas turbine installations provided for a project in Southern Russia were transferred to Crimea.
Siemens believes that these actions are in clear violation of the conglomerate’s distribution contracts prohibiting a client to provide equipment to the region. Siemens initiated investigation into persons responsible and filed lawsuits with the Moscow Commercial Court seeking cancellation of all additional provisions to Crimea and return of equipment to its original point of destination.