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 Russia does not expect Ukraine to resume power supplies to Crimea

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak declared that Russia does not expect Ukraine to resume supply of electricity to Crimea.

Censor.NET reports citing Kommersant.

"As for now, we have no clear picture of how our further collaboration with the Ukrainian power system will look like. Therefore, we act on the premise that there is no electricity, and rely on our own resources," Novak said at a meeting with the 'government' of Crimea.

"Yesterday we concluded preparations that will allow the Crimean side to take in electricity [from southern Russia's Krasnodar region] via the energy bridge," chief controller Andrei Anokhin of Crimea's state-run Krymenergo company told Energy Minister Alexander Novak.

Anokhin added this was the first time in the history of the Crimean electricity grid that it had to be reconfigured from scratch and made self-sufficient.

Novak arrived in Crimea's capital Simferopol early Sunday to visit the head office of Krymenergo, which controls the regional power grid.

Earlier this week Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that the first stage of the power bridge from Krasnodar Region to Crimea will be commissioned by Dec. 20.

Read also: Coal supplies to be resumed after Crimea starts receiving electricity, - Energy Minister Demchyshyn

Crimea was plunged into darkness last week after Ukrainian activists blew up pylons that support power lines from Ukraine. Following the outage, Crimea declared a state of emergency and switched to locally-based emergency power generation.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n362867