The Russian state company Gazprom announced on July 11 the interruption of the flow of gas through the gas pipeline linking Russia and northern Germany, alleging delays in repair works. Moscow attributed the delays to sanctions imposed by the West (and indeed the delivery from Canada of a Siemens part needed to repair the pipeline had been temporarily suspended as a result of the sanctions imposed on Moscow). Vladimir Putin announced in any case that Gazprom would restore that supply as soon as possible, and today Germany is once again receiving Russian gas through Nord Stream 1. According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, more than 5,000 people have been killed in Ukraine since the conflict began, including 342 children.
The Russian gas company Gazprom has restored this Thursday the gas supply through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline after it had been stopped for ten days for maintenance work, as reported by a spokesman for Nord Stream AG to the German agency DPA . German authorities feared that the Kremlin would use the Nord Stream 1 outage to blackmail the European Union. And that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, had even proposed, last Tuesday, to launch the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to increase the supply of gas to Europe. “We have another route prepared: it is the Nord Stream 2. It can be launched,” Putin said when talking about the possibilities to solve the energy crisis in Europe, as reported by the TASS news agency.
The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, assured that Russia was using energy “as a weapon”, and urged the Twenty-seven to “be prepared” and save gas for “a safe winter”.
“Russia is blackmailing us, Russia is using energy as a weapon. Therefore, whether the cuts are partial or total, Europe needs to be prepared,” Von der Leyen proclaimed. According to the European Commission itself, the EU buys fossil fuels from Russia worth almost 100,000 euros per year.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Russian state company assured that it had no documentary evidence of the delivery by Siemens of the gas turbine needed for the Portovaya compression station in the Baltic Sea, recalling its direct impact on the ” safe operation” of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline.
“Gazprom has not yet received any official documents from Siemens to supply a gas turbine engine for Portovaya CS under the Canadian and EU sanctions,” the Russian company said, stressing that it again asked Siemens to provide such documents.
At the beginning of July, the Canadian Government announced that it would hand over to Germany the turbine, refurbished at a Siemens plant in Montreal, necessary to transport gas by Nord Stream from Russia and whose return had been temporarily suspended as a result of the sanctions imposed on Moscow for the war in Ukraine.