Zelensky slams Canada over Russia-bound fuel turbine — RT World Information

Exemptions from sanctions will solely embolden Moscow, the Ukrainian president says

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has argued that Canada’s transfer to return a turbine required for a pipeline transporting Russian fuel to Germany will probably be seen as “weak spot” by Moscow.

Zelensky stated the Ukrainian International Ministry has summoned a Canadian envoy over the “completely unacceptable” determination to permit the return of a repaired turbine to Germany. The turbine is required for the functioning of Nord Stream, a Baltic Sea pipeline that delivers fuel from Russia to Germany.

“The choice on the exemption from the sanctions will probably be considered in Moscow solely as an indication of weak spot,” Zelensky argued in a video tackle printed on Tuesday.

“If a terrorist nation can claw out such an exemption from the sanctions, what exemptions will it need tomorrow or the day after tomorrow? It’s a very harmful matter.” 

“Now, there may be little doubt that Russia will strive not simply to restrict as a lot as attainable, however to utterly shut down the availability of fuel to Europe on the most acute second. That is what we have to put together for,” Zelensky stated.

The turbine had been held up in Canada as a result of sanctions imposed on Moscow in response to its army marketing campaign in Ukraine. Russian state fuel large Gazprom stated final month that it was compelled to scale back the circulate via the Nord Stream as a result of the turbine had not been returned on time. The corporate then suspended the circulate utterly for 10 days beginning Monday, citing deliberate upkeep.

German Economic system Minister Robert Habeck argued on the time that Gazprom’s determination to scale back the circulate via the Nord Stream was politically motivated. On the similar time, he additionally urged Canada to let the turbine be shipped to Germany.

“Sturdy sanctions imply it should damage and hurt Russia and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin greater than it does our financial system,” Habeck advised Bloomberg final week. “Subsequently, I ask for understanding that we have now to take this turbine excuse away from Putin.”

On Monday, Ottawa greenlighted the return of the turbine. “Canada will grant a time-limited and revocable allow to Siemens Canada to permit the return of repaired Nord Stream 1 generators to Germany,” Pure Sources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson stated.

The US Division of State backed the transfer, saying that, “within the quick time period, the turbine will permit Germany and different European international locations to replenish their fuel reserves, growing their power safety and resiliency and countering Russia’s efforts to weaponize power.”

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