Scholz stood up for Trudeau after reproaches against him for the return of the turbine
The German chancellor believes that the Canadian Prime Minister made a “firm decision” by agreeing to return the turbine for Nord Stream, and removed the reason for the Kremlin to refuse gas supplies to Europe
Olaf Scholz and Justin Trudeau
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz came to the defense of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who agreed to return Russian turbines for Nord Stream. According to Scholz, Trudeau's decision exposed the “Kremlin's bluff”; and removed an excuse for Russian President Vladimir Putin to cut or shut off gas supplies. He stated this to the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail.
The fact that the Canadian prime minister is reproached for this is “completely unfounded,” the chancellor is convinced. Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky expressed dissatisfaction with Trudeau's actions, seeing the decision to return the turbine as a “dangerous concession”. He expressed confidence that Russia will now, undoubtedly, “try not only to limit as much as possible, but completely stop gas supplies to Europe at the most acute moment.”
Trudeau accepted “firm decision,” Scholz, in turn, believes.
“Thanks to Prime Minister Trudeau, we were able to expose Putin’s bluff. We never believed that the reduction in supplies was due to technical reasons,»— he declared. “Since the turbine is ready for delivery, Russia must fulfill its contractual obligations,” — added the head of the German government.
“Gazprom” By July 25, he reduced the flow of gas through the Nord Stream; up to 33 million cubic meters m (20% of the gas pipeline capacity). The Russian side refers to the delay in the return of the turbine from Canada after the repair. It was not possible to return it on time due to the sanctions of the latter. Subsequently, Ottawa agreed to ship the engine to Moscow via Germany.
The EU blames Russia for waging an “energy war” and they do not exclude that it will completely stop pumping gas. According to the head of the EC, Ursula von der Leyen, the Russian side has already “deliberately cut off supplies” of in 12 EU countries.
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