Sanctions on Moscow: A turbine puts Ottawa in a dilemma with Europe | war in Ukraine

Speaking from Saint John, Newfoundland and Labrador, where he was on Friday, Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson admitted Canada is stuck between a rock and a hard place. We are discussing this with the Ukrainian government and the German government and it is not an easy matter.

Mr. Wilkinson said Canada was working trying to find a solution that works for everyone. He also specified that the gas turbine at issue is located in Canada refurbishment.

A source from Ukraine’s Energy Ministry told Reuters on Friday that Ukraine is opposed to Ottawa handing over the turbine to Gazprom. The source reminded that the sanctions imposed on Vladimir Putin’s government prohibit the transfer of any gas-related equipment.

Should Canada return this device from Gazprom’s Nord Stream pipeline, We will no doubt appeal to our European colleagues to reconsider this decisionthe Ukrainian ministry source told Reuters.

Reuters also claims to have received a letter from Ukraine’s energy minister in June urging Canada not to hand over the device to Gazprom. According to this letter from Minister German Galushchenko, Russia has sufficient funds to ensure the transit of Russian gas to operate at maximum capacity even without the turbine in question.

On June 15, Siemens Energy confirmed to Reuters that a gas turbine used in compressor stations is in Montreal for maintenance and cannot be shipped back to Russia. due to the sanctions imposed by Canada.

Siemens Energy – a German company with facilities in Canada – said it had briefed the Canadian and German governments on the situation and was looking for a viable solution.

The situation It is not easyrepeated Jonathan Wilkinson, explaining that Canada must be sensitive to the fate of Ukrainians and continue to fully support the sanctions against Moscow. On the other hand, The purpose of the sanctions is not to punish our allies and thereby destroy the economies of Germany, Italy, Slovakia and Austria.

According to Mr. Wilkinson, the Gazprom pipeline supplies gas not only to Germany but to a number of other European countries, and the Russian government is using the turbine as an excuse to cut gas supplies to Germany and other countries.

The row comes days before the total shutdown of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline (for maintenance), adding to fears in Germany, which is heavily dependent on Russian gas.

In addition, the Ukrainian gas pipeline operator denounced on Friday gas extortion exercised by Moscow when we learned that transit of Russian gas to Ukraine fell to its lowest point in June. The Ukrainian operator argues that Russia can transport large volumes of gas to Europe via other routes that could also replace the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline.

Canada’s Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly arrives at the meeting of her G20 counterparts in Bali.

Photo: Associated Press/Stefani Reynolds

Canada also announced on Friday that it would impose new sanctions about Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukrainespecifically aimed at the Russian media industry.

The Russian propaganda machine must answer for its lies, said the head of Canadian diplomacy, Mélanie Joly, from Bali, where she is attending the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting. These new sanctions, she said, target 29 Russian agents and 15 organizations running a campaign Disinformation, manipulation and propaganda on behalf of the Russian government.

The Canadian government has also set up a website (New window) to describe his efforts to counter disinformation related to the invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin’s regime.

These sanctions recently imposed on Russia also affect the import of gold; raw, semi-finished or in the form of jewelry and coins.

Regarding sanctions against Russia’s oil, gas and chemical industries, Minister Joly in June banned the export of 28 services essential to their operation. According to Canada, these industries account for about 50% of Russia’s state revenues.

With information from Media Agency France, The Canadian Press, Reuters, and CBC

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