Siemens turbines in Montreal: Ottawa approves circumvention of Russian sanctions

Ottawa has given Siemens “revocable and temporary authorization” to return turbines from Russia’s Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to Germany that had been repaired and stuck in Montreal due to sanctions against Russia.

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Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said the decision came after several talks with Ukraine, Germany and the European Commission, but also with the International Energy Agency.

“Following these discussions, Canada will grant Siemens Canada a revocable, time-limited permit to allow the repaired Nord Stream-1 turbines to return to Germany, which will support Europe’s access to reliable and affordable energy as it continues its transition away from Russian oil and gas,” he said in a statement on Saturday.

“Without a necessary supply of natural gas, the German economy will face significant difficulties, and Germans themselves may not be able to heat their homes as winter approaches,” he said.

According to the minister, Vladimir Putin’s government would “exploit the instability it creates to justify further destabilization of Europe’s energy security”.

Recall that the return of these turbines was requested by Germany, which after the establishment of the Russian gas company Gazprom saw a decrease in its gas supplies due to works at the Russian plant.

However, Ukraine had asked Canada not to make that decision.

New penalties

At the same time, Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly announced that Canada would impose new sanctions on the oil, gas, chemical and manufacturing industries.

“The new sanctions apply to land and pipeline transportation, as well as the manufacture of metals and transportation equipment, computers, electronic and electrical equipment and machinery,” she added.

Secretary Wilkinson took the opportunity to recall that more than 1,600 Russian individuals and entities have received sanctions from Canada since 2014.

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