The Ukrainian government has asked Canada to reconsider its decision because it fears it could further exacerbate the dispute amid the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
“This dangerous precedent violates international solidarity, goes against the principle of the rule of law and will have only one consequence: it will reinforce Moscow’s feeling of impunity,” he said.
In June, Siemens Energy said Canadian sanctions imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine meant the company could not return turbines to the country.
However, Canada’s Minister of Natural Services, Jonathan Wilkinson, announced on social media on Saturday (9/7) that the turbines of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline which supplies natural gas from Russia to Germany have been sent to Montreal for repair and should be returned.
“The government plans to return six turbines. The delivery is needed to ensure Europe can access reliable and affordable energy as it tries to move away from reliance on Russian oil and gas” , said Wilkinson. Reuters.
Instead, Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly announced that Canada plans to implement a new round of sanctions targeting Russia’s land and pipeline transportation and manufacturing sectors.
Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, said last month it was in crisis due to Russia’s decision to cut the amount of gas passing through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline by 60%.
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