The head of the Ministry of energy of Russia Alexander Novak did not rule out that Moscow will consider retaliatory measures against Ukraine in connection with the case of Crimea, reports RIA «Novosti».
«Now I’m on this question was not answered, I think that we will consider in the nearest future», – the Minister told the journalists, answering the question whether the Russian Federation the possibility of introducing reciprocal measures towards Ukraine, for example, to restrict the supply of coal to Ukraine.
According to Novak, the Ministry seeks to accelerate the commissioning of the first phase of power bridge to Crimea before the designated deadline (end of 2015); this will cover about 70-80% of the Peninsula’s needs in electricity. The commissioning of the second phase, scheduled for may 2016, will make the Crimea is completely independent from energy imports.
«Of course, now the Crimea is experiencing a shortage of capacity by approximately 60-70% in the absence of flows from the Ukrainian energy system. We have to enter the schedule of interruptions, that is, the housing Fund, enterprises provided electricity on schedule. It’s a few hours a day in several periods. In different regions is different, but the schedule is designed to evenly distribute the existing possibilities of energy supply,» said Novak.