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Canadian Minister Wilkinson: Ukraine is not an alternative to Nord Stream transit


The volume of gas transit through Ukraine will not be able to compensate for supplies via the Nord Stream pipeline. This was announced on August 4 by the Minister of Natural Resources of Canada, Jonathan Wilkinson.

“The bottom line is that the flows that can be expected to move to Germany via pipelines from Russia through Ukraine will be much lower,” he said, speaking before a parliamentary committee examining the Nord Stream turbine decision.

The minister noted that the decision to return the unit to Russia was agreed with NATO allies.

Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada Yulia Kovaliv, in turn, objected to him, saying that even now more fuel is being delivered through Ukrainian territory than through a pipeline that bypasses it.

The Gazprom company said that anti-Russian sanctions prevent the solution of the situation with the transportation of the Siemens turbine for Nord Stream. They noted that due to Canadian sanctions and without the consent of Gazprom, the engine was sent to Germany instead of Russia, which does not comply with the terms of the contract.

Gazprom also added that if the turbine is transported to Russia, there is a risk that the Canadian authorities may consider this a violation or circumvention of the conditions of the issued permit. In turn, this may lead to the revocation of the permit and the impossibility of repairing other engines of the Portovaya compressor station (CS) in Canada.

In mid-June, Gazprom announced the shutdown of two, and then another, gas pumping units serving the gas pipeline. The decision was made due to the situation with Siemens turbines, which the German company could not return from maintenance from Canada due to restrictive measures.

Because of this, the flow of gas to Germany through Nord Stream has decreased to 40% of the gas pipeline’s capacity. Against the background of the aggravation of the gas crisis in Germany and the appeal of Berlin, Ottawa decided to return the turbine to the Russian company, but it was delivered to Germany.

On July 27, the German government announced that the turbine was ready to be handed over to the Russian side.

The Kremlin has repeatedly noted that the EU countries themselves created problems with fuel supplies by imposing sanctions against the Russian Federation, which complicate the repair of turbines and maintenance of the gas pipeline. Russia, on the other hand, fulfills its contractual obligations for deliveries, even despite the tense situation in relations with the EU.

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