(ANSA) – MÜLHEIM AN DER RUHR, 03 AUG – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz today accused Russia of being responsible for blocking the delivery of a turbine currently in Germany, without which, according to Moscow, the Nord Stream gas pipeline, which carries Russian gas in Europe, can not work normally. “There is no reason why the handover shouldn’t take place,” said the German Chancellor. Meanwhile, Russia reduced the volume of its gas supplies by arguing that the turbine was needed. Moscow only needs to “provide customs information necessary for transportation to Russia,” Scholz said.
Gazprom replied to Scholz: the return to Russia of a turbine to enhance the flow of Russian gas through the Nord Stream is not prevented by Moscow, but is made “impossible” by Western sanctions against Russia for the invasion of Ukraine. “The sanctioning regimes of Canada, the EU, the United Kingdom and the inconsistency of the current situation with Siemens’ current contractual obligations make delivery of the turbine impossible,” the Russian company said in a statement.
Scholz held a press conference at the Siemens Energy factory in Mühlheim an der Ruhr, right in front of the large turbine in question, which was repaired in Canada and sent back to Germany since July 18. Scholz showed how the turbine is ready for delivery to Russia at any time. “All anyone has to do is say, ‘I want it’, and it will be available very quickly,” the chancellor explained. All the technical reasons given for reducing gas supplies through Nord Stream 1 from Russia would therefore be incomprehensible on a factual basis, this is the “truth,” Scholz said. (HANDLE).
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