Zelensky slams Canada over Russia-bound gas turbine — Analysis

According to the Ukrainian president, exempting Moscow from sanction will only encourage Moscow.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has argued that Canada’s move to return a turbine required for a pipeline transporting Russian gas to Germany will be seen as “weakness”Moscow

Zelensky stated that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry summoned Canada’s envoy to discuss the matter. “absolutely unacceptable”The decision was made to allow the repair of the turbine for return to Germany. It is essential for Nord Stream to function, a Baltic Sea pipe that transports gas from Russia to Germany.

“The decision on the exemption from the sanctions will be viewed in Moscow only as a sign of weakness,”Zelensky gave a speech in video published Tuesday.

“If a terrorist country can claw out such an exemption from the sanctions, what exemptions will it want tomorrow or the day after tomorrow? It is a very dangerous matter.” 

“Now, there can be no doubt that Russia will try not just to limit as much as possible, but to completely shut down the supply of gas to Europe at the most acute moment. This is what we need to prepare for,” Zelensky said.

Canada imposed sanctions on Moscow as a result of its military intervention in Ukraine. This caused the turbine to be held up. Gazprom, the Russian state-owned gas company Gazprom, stated last month it had to cut the Nord Stream flow because the turbine hadn’t been returned in time. According to planned maintenance, Gazprom suspended flow for 10 days beginning Monday.

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German Economy Minister Robert Habeck argued at the time that Gazprom’s decision to reduce the flow through the Nord Stream was politically motivated. He also requested Canada that the turbine be delivered to Germany.

“Strong sanctions mean it must hurt and harm Russia and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin more than it does our economy,”Bloomberg was informed by Habeck last week. “Therefore, I ask for understanding that we have to take this turbine excuse away from Putin.”

Ottawa gave its green light on Monday to the turbine’s reinstatement. “Canada will grant a time-limited and revocable permit to Siemens Canada to allow the return of repaired Nord Stream 1 turbines to Germany,”Jonathan Wilkinson, Natural Resources Minister.

According to the US Department of State, they supported this move. “in the short term, the turbine will allow Germany and other European countries to replenish their gas reserves, increasing their energy security and resiliency and countering Russia’s efforts to weaponize energy.”

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