Pipe system and shutoff device for the gas receiving station of the Nord Stream 1 Baltic pipeline and the transfer station of the OPAL long-distance gas pipeline in Lubmin, Germany, June 21, 2022. (AP / StefanSauer)
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will return six turbines to a pipeline that carries natural gas from Russia to Europe, even though the Ukrainian World Congress has said it is seeking judicial review in federal court. Defending the decision.
While taking sanctions against the Russian government, the Liberal Party’s decision to exempt Siemens Canada from delivering equipment to Germany received sharp criticism from the Ukrainian government and domestic critics.
At a press conference in Kingston, Ontario, Trudeau said it was a difficult decision, but the government returned the equipment in response to Russia’s attempt to use access to energy in Europe as a weapon.
He states that Canada’s sanctions on Russia are not against Russia’s oil and gas-dependent Canadian allies, but against President Vladimir Putin and “his companions.”
The Ukrainian government has stated that Canada’s decision sets a “dangerous precedent” when the international community needs to show its determination against Russia’s threat and invasion of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian World Congress said that, and the Ukrainian Parliament of Canada is urging the federal government to reconsider its decision to return turbines that were in Canada for scheduled repairs.