Canada allowed not one, but six Nord Stream turbines to be returned to Russia

13 July, 07:20 PM
Pipes of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline in Lubmin, Germany, March 8, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

Pipes of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline in Lubmin, Germany, March 8, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

The Canadian government made an exception to repair not one, but six Nord Stream turbines, for Germany, The Globe and Mail reported on July 13, citing two sources in the government.

Canada's decision to return a turbine for the Nord Stream pipeline to Germany has turned out to be a wider exception than originally thought.

The exception to the sanctions will be valid for another two years, and during this time it will be possible to bring up to six turbines to Canada for maintenance and take them back.

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According to the publication’s sources, the agreement with Siemens allows the Canadian government to withdraw permission to ease sanctions at any time.

“The maintenance schedule restarts for a limited amount of time. However, the madam minister can revoke the permit at any time," said spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Adrien Blanchard.

Turbines for the Nord Stream pipeline will be sent for repair to Canada through Germany, which will allow the country to say that it is not violating its own sanctions.

Earlier it was reported that the World Congress of Ukrainians asked to cancel Canada's permission to transfer a turbine to Germany for the Russian Nord Stream pipeline.

Canada formally agreed to return a sanctioned turbine for the Russian Nord Stream pipeline to Germany, despite objections from Ukraine on July 11.

After that, Canada's charge d'affaires was summoned to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and stated that the decision undermines Euro-Atlantic unity in the application of international sanctions against Russia. Canada was urged to reconsider the decision.

Siemens turbine was sent to Canada for repairs, where it got stuck due to sanctions against Russia's oil and gas industry following its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

On July 11, Russia stopped the Nord Stream gas pipeline for scheduled maintenance. According to the schedule, it should last until the morning of July 21.

After that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry summoned Canada's charge d'affaires and stated that Canada’s decision undermines Euro-Atlantic unity when it comes to using international sanctions against Russia. Canada was urged to reconsider the decision.

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