Kremlin makes prediction about gas supplies to EU — Analysis
Dmitry Peskov states that Nord Stream 1’s pipeline operation will be hampered if Western sanctions are in effect.
Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson said Monday that technical problems with gas delivery to Europe via Nord Stream 1 would continue until Russia lifts its sanctions over ongoing Ukraine conflict. These restrictions, he said, hinder maintenance of the pipeline.
Gazprom closed the entire pipeline on August 31. Gazprom stated that Nord Stream 1 will not resume gas transit until Friday.
“Problems [gas]Delivery problems arose because of sanctions placed on the country as well as several companies in Western countries (including Germany and Britain). No other causes are responsible for supply problems,” Peskov noted.
The Kremlin spokesman also claimed that it is not Gazprom’s fault that “It is absurd that the Europeans would refuse service to their equipment.” which they are contractually obligated to do.
Peskov stressed that all Nord Stream 1 operations hinge on “A piece of equipment in particular that requires serious care.”
Alexander Novak (Russian Deputy Prime Minister) echoed his sentiments Sunday. Novak blamed the European Union, blaming them for the difficulties that prevented gas supply via the pipeline from returning to normal.
“This is the core of the problem. [the EU’s]Side, as all conditions in the repair contract and shipping terms have been violated.,” he said.
Gazprom cancelled the restart of Nord Stream 1 on Friday due to an oil leakage in its turbine. This was discovered during a joint inspection by Siemens Energy and manufacturer Siemens Energy at Portovaya compressor station close St. Petersburg. Canada has also placed sanctions against Moscow, so the problem could only be addressed in Canada.
Despite the maintenance issues, Europe has accused Russia of weaponizing energy supplies, with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen describing Moscow as “Not a trustworthy partner” in terms of gas supplies.