Canada’s Finance Minister defends transfer of Nord Stream turbine to Germany

18 July, 02:00 PM
Chrystia Freeland (Photo:REUTERS/Blair Gable)

Chrystia Freeland (Photo:REUTERS/Blair Gable)

Chrystia Freeland, the Canadian Minister of Finance, said that she considers the return of a turbine, necessary for the continued operation of the Nord Stream gas pipeline, to Germany to be the correct decision, U.S.-based business news outlet CNBC reported on July 16.

Speaking to reporters at a briefing following a G20 finance ministers meeting, Freeland stressed that Canada is “resolute in its support for Ukraine,” but solidarity with other countries, including Germany, is required on this issue.

The minister claimed that due to the supply reduction from Gazprom through the Nord Stream, Germany may lose some of the capabilities to support Ukraine. 

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Kyiv criticized this decision, calling it a dangerous precedent, and demanded a coherent following of sanction policies. The World Congress of Ukrainians appealed to the court demanding to revoke the permission to transfer the turbine to Germany.

A few days ago, Ottawa decided to hand over a Nord Stream turbine to Germany. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the decision to hand over the sanctioned turbine for Russia's Nord Stream to Germany was "very difficult." The decision was officially made on July 11, despite Ukraine's calls not to do so.

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

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