Gazprom strains energy markets by warning that it cannot guarantee the "safe operation" of the Nord Stream

The Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom has assured that it has no documentary evidence that the return of the Siemens turbine retained by Canada during repairs has been authorized and has warned that in such circumstances no conclusions can be drawn about the development future of the situation to ensure the safe operation of the Nord Stream gas pipeline.

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"Gazprom does not have a single document that allows Siemens to take out of Canada the gas turbine engine for the Portovaya compression station, which is being repaired there," Gazprom said in a statement.

"In these circumstances, it is not possible to draw an objective conclusion about the future development of the situation to ensure the safe operation of the Portovaya compressor station, which is a critical facility for the Nord Stream gas pipeline," he added.

Last Saturday, the Canadian government announced that it would finally deliver the turbine to Germany, necessary to transport gas by Nord Stream from Russia and whose return had been temporarily suspended as a result of the sanctions imposed on Moscow for the war in Ukraine. Since last Monday Russia interrupted the flow of gas to Germany for ten days for maintenance on the Nord Stream.

Canadian authorities said the part, reconditioned at a Siemens plant in Montreal, will be delivered to German workers and not directly to Russia, as originally planned.

The European Commission expressed its satisfaction with the decision of the Canadian authorities, considering that this "eliminates" one of the excuses used by the Vladimir Putin regime to reduce the supply of gas to the German market.

"With the return of this piece, one of the excuses that Russia has used to reduce the supply of gas is eliminated," said the Community Executive in a statement, with which it also reported that it has been in "close contact" with both Canada as with Germany and the Siemens company to ensure that the parties were "well informed" of the situation.

On the contrary, after the announcement, the Ukrainian government summoned the Canadian ambassador to Ukraine on Monday to protest what it considers "an absolutely unacceptable exception to the sanctions regime against Russia."

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