Canada has officially agreed to hand over a sanctioned turbine for Russia's Nord Stream pipeline to Germany, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, Jonathan Wilkinson, announced on Twitter on July 10.
Despite sanctions, Canada will return the repaired turbine for Russia's Nord Stream pipeline to Germany amid objections from Ukraine.
"Canada will grant a time-limited and revocable permit to Siemens Canada to allow the return of repaired Nord Stream 1 turbines to Germany," the Canadian minister said.
According to Wilkinson, this will support Europe's ability to have access to a reliable and affordable source of energy while it continues to wean itself off Russian oil and gas.
He stressed that they decided to issue the permit after discussions with "European friends and allies" and the International Energy Agency.
The Siemens turbine was sent for repair to Canada, where it got "stuck" because of sanctions against Russia's oil and gas industry due to its war in Ukraine.
As of June 16, the pipeline was operating at 40% capacity, as sanctions against Gazprom kept the turbines stuck for repairs in Canada.
At the same time, Siemens said it believed that the reduction in the supply of Russian natural gas occurred for political reasons, and not because of the repair of the turbines.
Gazprom announced a 40% reduction in gas pumping through Nord Stream 1 in mid-June.