Sanctions against Russia | Turbines blocked in Montreal: Canada approves delivery to Germany

(Ottawa) Canada grants Siemens permission to circumvent sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s regime. She gave him the green light on Saturday to send turbines being repaired at the Dorval plant, which Germany is demanding to ensure the operation of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline.

Posted at 4:44pm
Updated at 5:19 p.m

Melanie Marchese

Melanie Marchese
The press

The exemption is likely to irritate Ukraine, which has been campaigning to persuade Ottawa not to throw ballast, threatening unity among Western allies over the current regime of sanctions against Moscow.

Germany, for its part, preached to the contrary; Canada was therefore caught between a rock and a hard place, forced to choose between two important allies and to displease one of them. In the end, however, the balance tipped in favor of Berlin.

“Canada will grant Siemens Canada a revocable, time-limited permit to return the repaired Nord Stream-1 turbines to Germany, which will support Europe’s access to reliable and affordable energy,” Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said in a statement Explanation.

Because “without the necessary supply of natural gas, the German economy will face serious difficulties and the Germans themselves will risk not being able to heat their homes in winter,” he adds in the same statement.

He also accused the Kremlin of holding Europe hostage in the face of the approaching winter months and trying to “exploit the instability it has created to justify further destabilizing Europe’s energy security”.

Despite the exemption granted, the Canadian government “will continue to work in coordination with the [ses] Allies and partners to inflict heavy costs on the Russian regime,” and will continue to impose sanctions on the more than 1,600 strikers in Moscow, Secretary Wilkinson assured.

“Surrender to Russian Extortion”

Kyiv’s ambassador in Ottawa, Yulia Kovaliv, called on the Canadian government on Friday to ensure “respect for the current sanctions regime” in connection with this case. The Congress of Ukrainian Canadians also made the same appeal in a letter to several ministers dated July 6.

“This is a way to test the Canadian government’s resolve to maintain sanctions and further isolate Russia,” group President Alexandra Chyczij wrote in the letter to Justin Trudeau and three ministers, including Jonathan Wilkinson.

“Any deviation from Canadian sanctions would be seen as a capitulation to Russian blackmail and energy terrorism and would only serve to strengthen the Russian terror state, with far-reaching negative consequences,” she stressed.

The owner and operator of the 1,200-kilometer pipeline between Russia and Germany, Gazprom, is on Canada’s list of companies targeted by economic sanctions. The company argued that without this equipment, a reduction in volume would be inevitable.

by email at the end of June The press, The German giant argued that “for technical reasons, the revision of these aeroderivative gas turbines, which are made in Canada [pouvait] be conducted only at Siemens facilities in Montreal”.

Announcement of new sanctions

As if to sweeten the pill, Canada’s Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly announced on Saturday the Trudeau government’s intention to impose new economic sanctions “against key economic sectors” in Russia.

The exact nature of the sanctions has not been specified, but this time they are aimed at industrial manufacturing.

The penalties apply “to land and pipeline transport and the manufacture of metals and means of transport, computers, electronic and electrical equipment and machinery,” according to the statement released by his cabinet.

Once these measures are in place, Canadian companies will have 60 days to enter into contracts with the targeted industries and services, it also said.

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