A Kremlin spokesman said on Monday that the Nord Stream 1 pipeline from Russia to Germany will be fitted with a repaired gas turbine once it is back on track after repairs, and natural gas will then be flown to a “constant volume”. I will be provided.
Spokesman Dmitry Peskov stopped short of increasing supplies, saying more equipment needed to be repaired.
But he struck a relatively upbeat note after weeks of uncertainty over turbine repairs in Canada, and a 10-day shutdown of Nord Stream 1 for annual maintenance, had raised doubts in Europe whether Russia could shut down the pipeline entirely.
The US supported Canada’s decision to return the Nord Stream 1 turbine to Germany.
“The turbine will be installed after all formalities are completed… and the gas will be pumped to the corresponding volume, which is technically feasible,” Peskov told reporters. .
He was commenting on a report in the Kommersant newspaper that Siemens Energy, which serviced the turbine in Canada, had handed over Canadian documents to Gazprom that would allow its return.
The Kremlin has denied accusations by European politicians that it is using its power to “blackmail” the European Union, which has been criticized by the US and other Western countries since sending troops into Ukraine in February. Together, sanctions have been imposed on Moscow. 24.
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Trudeau says Canada will not allow Russia to use gas policy to divide and undermine public support for war in Ukraine.
Gazprom resumed supplies through Nord Stream 1 last week after a 10-day maintenance break, but at only 40 percent of the pipeline’s capacity.
Russia has said it was forced to cut gas volumes to that level in June because Western sanctions were delaying the return of turbines from Canada.
European politicians have challenged that explanation, with Germany saying the turbine in question was not due to be used until September.
Peskov said Nord Stream 1 had more equipment that needed repairs and that Siemens Energy was aware of it.
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He also said Moscow was not interested in completely cutting off Russian gas supplies to Europe, which is rushing to fill its underground storage before winter.
Peskov said Gazprom should not be held responsible for stockpile threats, reiterating Moscow’s position that Europeans themselves are suffering the consequences of sanctions imposed against Russia.