Canada has agreed to supply Germany with the turbines necessary to maintain the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, despite sanctions in place against Russia and appeals from Ukraine.
The Canadian ambassador to Ukraine was summoned to Kiev on Monday 11 July after the return of “unacceptablefrom Canada to Germany of turbines for the Russian Nord Stream gas pipeline, announced Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had to summon the Canadian envoy to our country due to an absolutely unacceptable exception to the sanctions regime against Russia“Volodymyr Zelensky said in his daily message on Telegram. According to Mr. Zelensky, this decision “it will be perceived in Moscow only as a sign of weakness“.”There is no doubt that Russia will try not only to limit as much as possible, but also to completely stop the gas supply to Europe at the most acute moment.“, He added.
Despite the sanctions
Over the weekend, Canada agreed to supply the turbines needed to serve the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany, despite sanctions in place against Russia and appeals from Ukraine. The turbines were undergoing maintenance at a Canadian site owned by the German group Siemens, and Russia blamed their absence for reduced deliveries through the pipeline.
On Monday, Russian energy giant Gazprom began ten days of maintenance on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. Germany and other European countries are waiting to see if the gas supply will be restored. The German government had been there for several weekscloselywith Ottawa to have the equipment in question returned to Europe.
Germany, for fear that Moscow would soon stop the gas flows altogether, had offered Canada to recover the turbines to stay in the nails “in legal termsinstead of delivering them to Russia. Berlin does not believe the technical reason invoked by Gazprom to explain the drop in gas deliveries, but believes that the return of the turbines will deprive Russia of an excuse to prolong this shutdown of the gas tap, which could escalate into a serious energy crisis. . Ukraine, for its part, ensures that Ukrainian pipelines are capable of transporting enough gas to Germany to compensate for the drop in Russian deliveries.
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