Jemilev: We can cut electricity supplies to Crimea at any time

Mustafa Jemilev, Leader of Crimean Tatars, emphasized that Crimean Tatar activists can cut electricity supplies to Crimea whenever they want go, but the Mejlis insists that the Ukrainian government makes a political decision to this effect.

20 November 2015 11:00

A contract on supplying electricity to Crimea is absurd but the Ukrainian government seems to be doing everything to please the occupants, including signing illegitimate documents on unfavorable conditions and making decisions damaging the national interests.

There are several things about this contract that make it quite ‘interesting’. For example, if Russia is late paying for supplied electricity, the late payment penalty of as little as 0,1% of the full amount due will be accrued for each day that payment is delayed. However, Ukraine is to pay a penalty of 20% if it stops supplying electricity. That is the reason why the damaged transmission towers on the administrative border with Crimea got fixed so quickly.

“Under normal circumstances, repairs like these may take several months but this time Minister Demchishin personally saw to it that the transmission towers were fixed in a matter of hours in order to ensure uninterrupted power supply to Crimea. What’s the hurry anyway? Why are they more interested in solving the occupants’ problems, and less in their own citizens’ problems?” Jemilev asks.

According to Jemilev, the Ukrainian government could not have picked a more absurd reason for continuing electricity supplies to Crimea than being concerned for the Ukrainians living there. Jemilev claims that the Crimean Tatars living in occupied Crimea welcome the cutting of electricity supplies and even insist on power supplies being cut.

“The bulk of the electricity from Russia, more than a third, to be precise, is supplied to the Lugansk and Donetsk regions occupied by separatists. And that means that we are the ones who are paying their electricity and heating bills. If we stop supplying electricity [to Crimea – QHA], they can do too, including to the separatists they back,” Jemilev said.

What’s more, Ukraine purchases electricity from Russia at far higher prices than it sells it to Crimea. Mustafa Jemilev alleged that some members of the Ukrainian government are pursuing their economic interests and thus putting Crimean Tatars in a position when they have to ‘wage war on two fronts’. The Ukrainian government has to take a political decision to cut electricity supplies but it has not done so yet.

“We can, of course, cut electricity supplies at any time, and even tomorrow, but we want the government to do that. We are now trying to explain how essential it is for the government to act responsibly in order to ensure sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country,” said Jemilev.

According to Jemilev, Ukraine should put an end to its current relations with Russia, while the Ukrainian President should make up his mind about which political vector to choose. He should also realize that one cannot do business with a country that takes away territories and terrorizes people of a neighboring state.