Ukrainian President criticizes Canada for allowing gas turbines to be returned to Germany


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has criticized Canada for allowing repaired gas turbines to return to Germany, which is used to supply Russia’s gas.

and address On July 11, Zelensky announced that his Foreign Ministry would summon Canada’s Ukrainian envoy to warn of “an absolutely unacceptable exception to the sanctions regime against Russia.”

“This decision on sanctions exceptions will be perceived exclusively in Moscow as a manifestation of weakness,” he said.

“If a terrorist state can squeeze out such exceptions to sanctions, what exception would it want tomorrow or tomorrow?”

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson said on July 9 that Russia intends to “further destabilize” Europe’s energy sector.

In that context, Wilkinson said the Government of Canada is working with partners on the Siemens turbine issue currently in Montreal.

“Following these agreements, Canada will grant Siemens Canada a time-limited revocation permit to allow the repaired Nordstream 1 turbine to be returned to Germany,” he wrote. statement..

The minister said Germany’s economy and people would suffer without a proper gas supply from Russia.

On the same day, the Ministry of International Relations (GAC) of Canada publication Further sanctions on Russia’s oil, gas and chemical sectors.

The new sanctions “ban Canadian services that contribute to the production of goods made by these sectors,” the GAC statement said.

These sanctions add to the long list of measures against the Russian economy and officials.

The Epoch Times contacted GAC for comment on Zelensky’s summoning of a Canadian envoy, but did not immediately respond.

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Conservative opponents blamed the Liberal government’s move, saying the government was avoiding its own sanctions by returning the turbine to Russia’s state-owned company Gazprom.

“Instead of avoiding a global sanctions package aimed at punishing Putin, the Free Government has announced a new pipeline and liquids to allow Canada’s natural gas to replace Russia’s energy supply in Europe. Natural gas terminal must be approved “-Hus statement July 10.

The US State Department upheld Canada’s decision, despite citing the need to move away from Russia’s energy.

“In the short term, turbines will allow Germany and other European countries to replenish their gas reserves, increase energy safety and resilience, and counter Russia’s efforts to weaponize energy,” said a spokesman. Ned Price said on July 11th. statement..

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Last month, Gazprom reduced the supply of gas through Nord Stream 1 to 40% of the pipeline’s capacity due to maintenance needs due to sanctions and delays in the return of turbines owned in Canada.

Moscow argues that reducing Russia’s gas supply to Europe is not a political motivation.

“We know that turbines have maintenance problems.— —Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on June 14 that the turbine had not been returned and was blocked somewhere. “This is the result of sanctions, nothing intentional.”

The pipeline, which runs under the Baltic Sea, transports 55 billion cubic meters of gas from Russia to Germany each year.

With annual maintenance starting on July 11th and expected to last for 10 days, the flow was zero.

This raised concerns that maintenance may be extended for political purposes in Europe.

“If we find small technical details based on the patterns we saw, it wouldn’t be too surprising now if they could say,’I can’t turn it on anymore.'” German Minister for Economics Robert Habeck said in late June.

Germany is currently in Stage 2/3 of the emergency gas program, with Stage 3 triggering fuel distribution.

Reuters contributed to this article.

Noe Chartier

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