Russia’s energy ministry said it had conducted the first test of a German-made electricity turbine that was installed in Crimea in contravention of European sanctions. Russia sent four turbines built by the German engineering company Siemens (SIEGn.DE) to Crimea – without its knowledge, Siemens said. The shipments angered Berlin and led Brussels to impose new sanctions on Russians involved in the deliveries.
President Vladimir Putin, speaking ahead of an election on March 18 that polls indicate he should win easily, said in his speech that new Russian technology would render such defences“ ineffective”. But NATO said it was Russia that has a“continued military build-up from the Barents Sea to the Mediterranean.” Read more.