MOSCOW, January 2. /TASS/. The people of Crimea have responded with dignity to the de facto obscene proposal by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to sign an agreement on supplies of electricity to the peninsular region on Kiev's terms, Irina Yarovaya, the chairperson of the State Duma committee for security and counteraction to corruption said.
On January 1, the All-Russia Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presented the data on a poll of residents of the Republic of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol, which showed that 93.1% of those polled spoke against an agreement on purchases of electric power from Kiev if the latter document called Crimea and Sevastopol to be part of Ukraine. Also, 94% respondents said they were prepared to tolerate interim discomforts linked to short outages of electricity in the next three of four months if the electricity agreement with Ukraine was not signed.
"The conditions put forward by the Ukrainian authorities are something bigger than just blackmail they bring out the very essence of the Ukrainian government," Yarovaya said. "By specifying such conditions, the Kiev policy-makers obviously tried to judge others by themselves."
"But the Crimeans once again showed that they are Russians, the Russian people who never give up or sell out," she said. "Poroshenko's proposals falls into the category of obscene ones and the usual reaction to such thing is perfectly well known but Crimea answered 'no' gently and with dignity."
Supplies of electricity to Crimea from Ukraine stopped on November 22 when pylons of all the four power lines leading to the peninsula from the Ukrainian power grids were blown up.
The authorities had to declare a state of emergency in the Crimean Federal District in the aftermath of the subversive act organized by a nationalistic faction of the Crimean Tatars and far-right Ukrainian nationalists, who had launched the so-called blockade of Crimea.
The situation started improving after the commissioning of the first power line of the so-called ‘electricity bridge’ that was laid across the seabed of the Strait of Kerch from the Krasnodar territory. It went on stream on December 2.
The commissioning of a second power line of the bridge on December 15 increased the transmissions from the continent to 400 megawatts.
The authorities plan to bring two more power lines into operation next spring. This will make the Crimean Federal District totally independent of power supplies from Ukraine.
The previous agreement on supplies of Ukrainian electricity to Crimea expired on December 31.