The European Commission stressed that EU sanctions against Russia do not prevent delivery to Moscow Siemens turbinesnecessary to increase the capacity of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline connecting Germany with Russia. This was announced on Friday, August 5, by European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer.

“There is nothing in the sanctions that would prevent the Siemens turbine, which should be installed in Russia, from being installed there. Everything else that is said on this topic is simply not true. not supply gas to the European Union,” dpa quoted Mamer as saying.

The press secretary of the European Commission considers Russia’s position in the field of energy supplies to the European Union to be blackmailing. He also cited accusations by the Russian gas company Gazprom that EU sanctions prevented a Siemens gas turbine from returning to Russia in a timely manner after being repaired in Canada as a cop-out, he said.

European Commission: Nord Stream 1 is not subject to sanctions

The official representative of the European Commission, Arianna Podesta, in turn, said that “EU sanctions do not affect equipment or technologies related to the industrial transportation of natural gas.” Nord Stream 1 is not subject to sanctions and there is nothing “to prevent the ‘repatriation’ of the turbine,” she added.

In June, the Russian gas monopolist drastically reduced the flow of gas through the Nord Stream pipeline. The company explained this by the untimely return of the Siemens gas turbine after repairs in Canada. And from July 11 to July 21, both strings of the gas pipeline were stopped due to planned maintenance. At the end of July, Gazprom reduced gas flow through SP-1 to 20 percent.

The head of Siemens Energy, Christian Bruch, said on August 3 that for transporting a turbine located in Germany to Russia all that is needed is a corresponding application from Gazprom, noting the absence of technical reasons for reducing gas supplies. Currently, one turbine is operating at the Nord Stream compressor station, five are needed for 100 percent load.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz blamed the Russian side in delaying the return of the gas turbine to the Russian Federation. The unit can be transported to Russia at any time, since the EU has not adopted sanctions on Russian gas and there are no grounds forbidding the transportation of the turbine, the head of the German government stressed on August 3. He noted that Germany should prepare for further problems with the supply of Russian gas, even if the turbine is transported to Russia.

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