Canada will trade Russian gas for its returned turbines
(MENAFN) The five turbines from Montreal are going to be shipped back to Germany, despite requests to hang onto them from ethnic Ukrainians and Kiev's envoy to Ottawa, according to Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly on Wednesday. Joly disclosed that the choice was made in response to Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany, who is now in Canada.
Joly declared during a conversation with the national radio, “that was the decision that we took.” Adding, “that’s exactly what Germany asked us.”
Joly spoke to Hannah Thibedeau of CBC, “Canada doesn't want to give any form of excuse to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin to continue to weaponize his flow of energy to Europe.”
The moment Canada imposed an embargo against Russia due to the war in Ukraine, six Siemens turbines were in Montreal for repair. Ottawa granted the turbines an exception at Germany's request in July and dispatched one of them, but Gazprom refused to accept it because of problems with the paperwork.
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