MOSCOW, October 3. /TASS/. Surplus electricity generated in Crimea can be supplied to Ukraine but only after restoration of power transmission lines in its territory, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Cherezov told reporters on the sidelines of the Russian Energy Week Forum.
"This should depend on Ukraine. [Power transmission] lines that were blown up remain as such," the official said. "This is not our segment. Everything remains as is on our part. We are ready to make a connection at any time if the need arises and if Ukraine is ready to do that," Cherezov said.
Negotiations were held last year between Russia and Ukraine, where Kiev expressed readiness to restore its infrastructure, he noted. However, there have been no developments by now to that end.
The electricity market started functioning in Ukraine on July 1. The market launch is the commitment of Kiev within the framework of implementing the Third Energy Package of the EU and a condition of the program of cooperation with IMF and of receiving macro-financial aid from the EU. Ukraine resumed electricity imports from Russia in October 2019.