Energy supply to Crimea – one of key issues for Russia

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Baku, Azerbaijan, April 25

By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

Energy supply to Crimea is currently one of the key issues for Russia's Energy Ministry, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told journalists on April 25 in Baku.

"On the one hand, at present, we are closely watching the current energy supply from Ukraine, as it is very important to ensure the timely payment for the electricity supply in this period. The second important issue is the transition of the Republic of Crimea and, accordingly, the city of the regulatory framework of the Russian Federation. And a promising energy supply is the third important issue," Russian minister said.

Currently, various options are viewed for the reliable and uninterrupted energy supply to Crimea, according to Novak. Especially, the options of constructing generational facilities on the peninsula, power transmission lines from the Taman peninsula of the Krasnodar krai (region), strengthening the energy ties of the Krasnodar region for providing energy flows to Crimea, are under consideration.

The minister pointed out that finally that an integrated approach that envisages the construction of both generational facilities and power transmission lines from the Taman Peninsula was approved.

Energosetproject Institute has been tasked to prepare a detailed proposal for the design layout.

A change of power took place in Ukraine on February 22.

The Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine ousted President Viktor Yanukovych from the power, changed the constitution and scheduled presidential elections for May 25.

Yanukovych said he was forced to leave Ukraine under the threat of violence, and he remains the legally elected head of state.

A number of provinces in eastern and southern Ukraine, as well as the Crimea did not recognize the legitimacy of the Rada and decided on possibility of holding a referendum on the future fate of the regions.

The vast majority of residents of Crimea - 96 percent - voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, in a referendum held March 16.

With the exception of Russia most countries refused to recognize the referendum and its results.

Russia and Crimea signed an agreement on March 18 on Crimea as well as Sevastopol city joining the Russian Federation.

Translated by L.Z.

Edited by C.N.

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