Canada will return repaired Nord Stream 1 turbine to Germany

Canada has said it will return a repaired turbine to Germany that is needed for the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline and could help to ensure continued flows of energy until Europe can end its dependency on Russian gas, Reuters reported Canada's minister of natural resources as saying.

Ukraine's energy and foreign ministries said the decision amounted to adjusting sanctions imposed on Moscow "to the whims of Russia" and called for it to be reversed.

The Canadian government said in a statement on Saturday it was issuing a "time-limited and revocable permit" to exempt the return of turbines from its Russian sanctions and also announced new measures against Moscow in response to its invasion of Ukraine on February 24th.

Russia last month cited the delayed return of the turbine, which Germany's Siemens Energy, has been servicing in Canada, as the reason behind its reduction of flows to 40% of capacity through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline Russia to Germany.

The Canadian government said shipping the equipment to Europe would support: "Europe’s ability to access reliable and affordable energy as they continue to transition away from Russian oil and gas". Siemens Energy in a statement on Sunday said it was working to get the turbine to the Nord Stream pipeline as quickly as possible.

The Kremlin on Friday said it would increase gas supplies to Europe if the turbine were returned.

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