Siemens AG is a German multinational and Europe's largest engineering company. Siemens and its subsidiaries employ approximately 360,000 people across nearly 190 countries.
Headquartered in the German cities of Munich and Berlin, Siemens' main activities are in the fields of industry, energy, transportation and healthcare.
After Siemens turbines built by its Russian partners were transferred to Crimea, two more turbines appear to have been delivered without the German firm's knowledge. The case is a test of EU sanctions against Russia.
German engineering firm Siemens has filed lawsuits against its own Russian joint venture that produces gas turbines, and against a Russian state-owned company that buys the turbines. Siemens says at least two of its turbines were transported against its will from Russia to Crimea, a region subject to sanctions barring EU firms from providing it with energy technology.
Siemens will open charges on the "responsible individuals" who shipped turbines to Crimea from Southern Russia. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Moscow will push ahead to construct two plants in the region.