The supply of the Nord Stream turbine is impossible under the current situation and sanctions. This was stated by “Gazprom”. Interestingly, against this background, the German government announced that sanctions do not apply to the turbine. But the fact remains – the unit, urgently exported from Canada, got stuck on German soil. Why?
The turbine for the Nord Stream gas pipeline, which Canada did not want to return after repairs for so long, is inspected personally by the German Chancellor in Germany. Olaf Scholz, a former finance minister who studied in Hamburg as a specialist in labor law, could hardly have assessed the condition of the unit himself. But in the eyes of German voters, whom the German authorities are urging to save electricity and gas consumption, he really wanted to look convincing.
“The turbine is operational. Nothing on the part of Germany prevents its further transportation. There are no restrictions or reasons that would prevent this. And now someone just has to say that he wants to get it,” said German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
This “someone” did not become silent. Gazprom said bluntly that it is the sanctions of the West that make it impossible for the turbine to return to the Portovaya compressor station in the Leningrad Region. Why – explained in the Kremlin.
“The fact is that the German side, namely Siemens, brought this entire project under British law and under British jurisdiction. And, of course, Gazprom, as a supplier, as the owner of this turbine, is simply obliged to obtain documents stating that this not a sanctioned product, not a sanctioned product, that it is not sanctioned. And documents on the technical condition. As far as we know, these documents do not exist,” Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, emphasized.
In other words, the West is only exacerbating the gas crisis it has created. Futures for blue fuel have already broken a record – now they give more than 2 thousand dollars per cubic meter of gas in Europe. And all because of a decrease in supply volumes – Nord Stream, in connection with the repair of the turbine, is operating at only 20 percent of its capacity.
However, the German chancellor desperately convinces fellow citizens that this is not a problem.
“We have significant pipeline capacities that are available. This is Nord Stream 1, this is a pipeline that goes through Ukraine. This is also transit through Belarus and Poland. All this is available and all this is in working order. Gazprom’s obligations to can be carried out by their European customers at any time and without restrictions,” explains German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
Scholz, however, kept silent about his obligations. It was on his instructions in February that Germany stopped the certification of Nord Stream 2, through which gas could flow freely to Europe for a long time. Scholz’s predecessor and his fellow party member, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, announced the need to launch the pipeline, which was already ready for operation.
“The easiest solution would be to put the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline into operation. When things get really tight, this pipeline is there, and with both Nord Stream gas pipelines, there will be no supply problems for German industry and German households,” he said. Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.
At the end of July, Schroeder was in Moscow and, according to him, received a clear answer: the reduction in gas supplies to Germany has nothing to do with politics. It’s simple economics.
Germany is already announcing a sharp increase in tariffs in the fall. The Frankfurter Allgemeine has calculated that costs will increase by at least a thousand euros per year. From the table made by reporters, it is clearly seen that the more residents save, the more they will pay for it. So the launch of Nord Stream 2 in Berlin is being called more insistently.
“Germany needs a long overdue fundamental change in course. The senseless sanctions policy, which causes more harm to Germany than Russia, must be stopped. At the same time, the commissioning of Nord Stream 2 cannot be ruled out either,” emphasizes the leader of the Alternative for Germany party Tino Khrupalla.
Headlines in German editions. The “traffic light” coalition, where the Social Democrats led by Scholz are responsible for the red color, is leading the citizens of the German economy to disaster. And the “greens”, who are also at this traffic light, generally claim the role of the main party in the republic instead of Merkel’s CDU. Therefore, they are ready to give up their own ideals. Instead of caring for the environment, Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck of the Greens, who oversees industry, spoke about a return to coal and met with frank misunderstanding in the Bundestag.
“The recommissioning of coal-fired power plants shows that climate change is no longer so important for the Greens. Today, only a mad war against Russia is of paramount importance for a party of former eco-activists who reject even the only reasonable solution to the conflict – diplomacy and negotiations,” said the member Left Party of Germany, Member of the Bundestag, Doctor of Economics Sarah Wagenknecht.
For this tweet, Sarah Wagenknecht was sharply criticized by many deputies. But she, a doctor of economic sciences, unlike her colleagues, understands well the price of sanctions for ordinary Germans. Before the approach of autumn, the demand for coal briquettes sharply increased throughout the republic. This, the German media write, has not happened since the fall of the Berlin Wall. After more than 30 years, the foundations of a well-fed European life are crumbling in Germany.