Ottawa allows an exception to its sanctions against Russia

Stuck in Montreal, turbines destined for a Russian gas pipeline can be brought back to Germany

Updated yesterday at 7:34pm.

Melanie Marchese

Melanie Marchese
The press

(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 claimed will ensure the operation of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline.

The exemption is likely to irritate Ukraine, which has been working to persuade Ottawa not to drop ballast, undermining unity among Western allies on the current sanctions regime against Moscow.

Germany, for its part, preached the opposite; 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 allow the repaired Nord Stream 1 turbines to return to Germany,” Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said in a statement.

Without a necessary supply of natural gas, the German economy will face serious difficulties and the Germans themselves will not be able to heat their homes when winter approaches.

Jonathan Wilkinson, Secretary of State for Natural Resources

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 Moscow, Secretary Wilkinson assured.

A turbine or turbines?

Until recently, it was a turbine in the singular. On Saturday we used the plural in government. A source, who requested anonymity to speak more freely, put their number as “fewer than ten.”

The same source also reported that the permit sent to Siemens Canada is revocable “at any time” and will expire upon arrival of the turbines in Germany.

“Surrender to Russian Extortion”

The Congress of Ukrainian Canadians sharply criticized the waiver as a sign of “surrender to Russian blackmail,” which would help “continue to fill the coffers of the Russian state budget with European money used to finance the Russian genocide against the Ukrainians.” People”.

Furthermore, “Canada, by acceding to Germany’s request, will not only violate its policy of isolating Russia, but will set a dangerous precedent that will lead to a weakening of the sanctions regime imposed on Russia,” the group’s chairwoman, Alexandra Chyczij, protested on Saturday.

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Ottawa, Yulia Kovaliv, on Friday urged Ottawa to ensure “respect for the current sanctions regime,” citing those files. Kiev’s reaction to the privilege will be published on Sunday, the Ukrainian mission was informed.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy showed the door to his ambassador in Berlin on Saturday, along with those in a handful of countries including India, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The reasons for these dismissals were not given.

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.

This version is disputed by the German authorities, who see it as a ploy by Moscow to put pressure on Europe.

The company did not respond to an email sent by The pressSaturday.

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 disclosed, but industrial manufacturing is particularly targeted.

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 come into effect, Canadian companies will have 60 days to enter into contracts with affected industries and services, it said.

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  • 1600
    Number of sanctions imposed by Canada on Russian individuals and entities since the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014

    Source: GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

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