“Adjustment to the whims of Russia.” Ukrainian Foreign Ministry asks Canada not to return Nord Stream turbine to Germany

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine expressed "deep disappointment" in connection with the decision of the Canadian government to allow the return to Germany of the Russian turbine for the Nord Stream gas pipeline repaired by Siemens. This is stated in a statement on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The departments noted that on the day the decision was announced, the Russian army fired at residential areas in Nikolaev, Kharkov, Krivoy Rog, as well as a number of other settlements in the Zaporozhye region. Russia acted as a terrorist state, deliberately targeting homes and other civilian infrastructure, killing civilians, the statement said.

“The transfer of the turbine for Nord Stream will allow the Russian Federation to continue using energy as an instrument of a hybrid war against Europe. We call on the Government of Canada to reverse this decision and to ensure the integrity of the sanctions regime.”

According to the Foreign Ministry, the agreement between Canada and Germany is “tuning the sanctions regime to the whims of Russia,” which will only strengthen Moscow’s sense of impunity.

Earlier, Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson said that the country would return to Germany the repaired Russian turbine for Nord Stream.

Due to the delay in the return of the turbine from repairs in June, Gazprom reduced the capacity of the Nord Stream from Russia to Europe to 40% of the usual level. According to Reuters sources, the turbine will first be sent to Germany, and then transferred to Gazprom. President of the Congress of Ukrainians of Canada Oleksandra Khychiy sent a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with a request not to return the turbine. In her opinion, "Russia seeks to create a precedent for lifting sanctions, which will then be used to obtain new sanctions relief and undermine the unity of the West." She stated that the Ukrainian community in Canada was "deeply disappointed by the Canadian government's decision to succumb to Russian blackmail."

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