Putin explained why Canada did not want to return the turbine to Russia

Vladimir Putin: Canada did not want to return the turbine because it plans to sell gas to Europe Canada did not want to return the turbine for Nord Stream from repair for pragmatic reasons, Vladimir Putin believes. According to him, Ottawa is interested in developing its oil and gas supplies to the European market

Vladimir Putin

Canada itself expects to enter the European market with its oil and gas, so it did not want to return the turbine for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Russia. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Strong Ideas for the New Times forum. The broadcast was on the Roscongress website.

“One car needs repair, planned. It is not given back from Canada, because sanctions have been imposed against Gazprom, although this is a Siemens plant. I'll tell you why Canada did it. Because it itself produces oil and gas and plans to develop the European market, — Putin said at the Strong Ideas for a New Time forum.

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“This decision is based on no political issues, and not even our special operation in the Donbass. Pragmatic motives associated with an attempt to enter the European market, — stressed the president.

Putin also expressed doubt that the turbine would be returned from repair in proper condition. “Now they will return this car, but in what capacity will it be returned, what are the technical parameters after the repair is over … Maybe they will take it all and turn it off … and Nord Stream-1 will stop, — said Putin.

In order to avoid such problems in the future, Russia needs to develop its own engineering schools, he said.

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In mid-June, Gazprom announced a delay in the repair of Siemens turbines, which the German company manufactured and repairs at a plant in Canada. Ottawa banned the return of the turbine to Moscow due to sanctions. Because of this, Gazprom On June 14, he reduced the pumping through the pipeline by 40%, and the next day— another third.

In Germany, by this time, the first level of emergency warning for gas had already been introduced, and after Canada's decision not to return the turbine, the level of emergency warning was raised to the second. This level theoretically assumes that utilities will be able to sell gas to businesses and households at high prices to reduce demand. The third, last level of emergency warning will be emergency: if it is introduced, the authorities will regulate the gas market.

Vice-Chancellor and head of the German Ministry of Economy Robert Habek called on Canada to return the turbine to Russia. “I'm the first to advocate further tough EU sanctions, but tough sanctions should harm Russia and [its president Vladimir] Putin more than our economy,” he spoke about this decision of Ottawa.

After that, the Minister of Natural Resources of Canada, Jonathan Wilkinson, announced that Ottawa had agreed to transfer Siemens turbines to Germany for subsequent shipment to Russia. At the same time, he said, Canada will expand restrictive measures against the Russian oil, gas and chemical sectors, including industrial production.

July 20, ten days after Wilkinson's announcement , “Gazprom” reported that he had not yet received official documents from Siemens that would allow him to take the gas turbine engine out of Germany.

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Vladimir Putin

Politician, President of Russia

October 7, 1952

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