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Russia's Rostelecom Urged to Expand Services into Crimea

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Russia's Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev has called on the state controlled telecoms operator, Rostelecom to launch its services in Crimea as soon as possible.

At a meeting to discuss integrating the recently annexed peninsula into Russia, the Prime Minister said that it is unacceptable for sensitive telecoms traffic to be "transmitted using the capacities of foreign telecommunications companies"

"I draw this to the attention of the Ministry of Communications," said Medvedev.

Currently, most landline services are carried by the Ukraine government controlled Ukrtelecom, while mobile services are still being provided by the privately owned mobile networks.

However, two of mobile networks are themselves majority owned by Russia based companies, MTS and VimpelCom.

The Russian government owns, or controls 51% of Rostelecom, although the rest of its shares are listed on various stock markets, making it vulnerable to European sanctions should any be applied.

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