Canada Preparing Exception to Lift Sanctions against Gazprom, Contrary to Kyiv’s Proposals - Sources

Thursday, 7 July 2022

In agreement with Germany, the Canadian government intends to release a turbine caught up in sanctions against Russia critical for the Nord Stream gas pipeline. This will set a precedent for slow embargo lifting at the request of an aggressor state.

One of our sources explained that Canada should formally make this decision at the request of Germany. The formal reason for lifting sanctions should be the argument that gives Russia a technical opportunity to restore the gas pumping volume to the EU.

The Ukrainian government is already aware of Canada's intentions to agree to such a partial lifting of sanctions from Russia and considers this decision "unreasonable and dangerous for the sanctions regime," EuroPravda's source at the Ministry of Energy also confirmed.

Even earlier, Ukraine had appealed to the Canadian government with an explanation that the Russian Federation already has enough technical pumping capacity. "European Pravda" saw the letter signed by the Minister of Energy of Ukraine, Herman Halushchenko, addressed to the Minister of Natural Resources of Canada, Jonathan Wilkinson, sent on June 22, right after Russia's blackmailing campaign.

In this document, Kyiv informed the Canadian government, with a two-page description, that the Russian Federation had the technical possibility to restore the supply immediately and free of charge since it has contracted and paid transit capacities across Ukraine, which Russia does not currently use. Moscow demands to lift the sanctions to set a precedent.

"We consider it critically important to act together to maintain the ability to oppose monopolistic behavior and blackmail of Gazprom," the Ukrainian minister urged then.

As previously reported, in mid-June, Russia's state-owned gas company "Gazprom" cut its North Stream 1 pipeline by 40%. According to the Russians, it was needed due to "untimely repair work by Siemens."

Later, the Russian Federation said problems with repairing turbines for Nord Stream in Canada could result in a complete shutdown of the project and a "disaster for Germany."

As a result, in July, Germany officially asked Canada to approve the lifting of sanctions and to unblock the turbine that allegedly stopped the Nord Stream thread from pumping.

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