Russian spokesperson blames western sanctions for Nord Stream-1 shutdown

5 September, 06:16 PM
Dmitriy Peskov (Photo:Evgenia Novozhenina / Reuters)

Dmitriy Peskov (Photo:Evgenia Novozhenina / Reuters)

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitriy Peskov said that the Nord Stream-1 (NS-1) natural gas pipeline will remain out of service until Western sanctions against Russia are lifted, according to Russian news agency, Interfax on Sep. 5.

“The problems with (gas) pumping have cropped up due to our country and a number of state enterprises getting hit with Western sanctions, in-cluding by Germany and the UK,” said Peskov.

“There are no other reasons that could cause a problem with gas shipments.”

He also commented that only one NS-1 turbine remains operational, and even that one is “faulty,” causing an interruption in gas getting pumped to Europe.

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“... given that sanctions continue to wreak absolute... havoc on turbine maintenance, we can only hope we can somehow fix the remaining turbine,” the official added.

Gazprom recently announced NS-1 will remain non-operational due to motor oil leaks in Siemens engines powering gas turbines. According to Russia, this malfunction can only be fixed in service facilities in Canada’s Montreal – an alleged impossibility, due to Canadian sanctions.

Siemens has dismissed Gazprom’s claims, saying that such malfunctions didn’t shut down the pipeline in the past.

EU natural gas prices have surged by 30% following the announcement.

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