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EXCLUSIVE G7 likely to discuss Russian turbine but can not find a solution -Canada minister

Written by Javed Iqbal

Canada’s Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson attends a press conference at Ornamental Gardens in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on November 19, 2020. REUTERS / Blair Gable / File Photo

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OTTAWA, June 22 (Reuters) – The G7 is likely to discuss the fate of a Russian turbine blocked in Canada and accused of reducing gas supplies to Germany, although the bloc may not reach a solution by the end of the meeting, Canada’s natural resources minister said on Wednesday.

“If you talk to the Germans, they are very, very worried about” a drop in gas supply allegedly caused by the missing turbine, “Jonathan Wilkinson told Reuters. “I’m sure it will come up at least in the corridors of the G7 … I would not hold our breath for us to find a solution before the end.”

The leaders of the G7 industrialized nations, which include Canada and Germany, will meet in Bavaria from Sunday to Tuesday.

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Russia’s state-controlled Gazprom (GAZP.MM) has reduced capacity along the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to only 40% of the usual level in recent days, citing the delayed return of equipment serviced by German Siemens Energy (ENR1n.DE), (SIEGn.DE) in Canada.

Moscow said on Thursday that more delays in repairs could lead to the suspension of all flows, putting a brake on Europe’s race to replenish its gas reserves. Read more

Canada, along with its Western allies, has issued extensive sanctions against Russia since it invaded Ukraine in February. Russia calls the war a “special military operation”.

“We try to be sensitive to the concerns expressed by Germany and others, and we try to find a solution that will allow us to ensure that we respect the intent of the sanctions, but also to ensure that we do not punish. our allies, “Wilkinson said as he spoke on his way to Question Time in Parliament.

In March, the EU presented plans to reduce its dependence on Russian gas by two-thirds this year and eventually phase it out completely. Moscow has warned that Western sanctions against Russian oil – an idea backed by the United States and already done by Canada – could cause the country to close a major gas pipeline to Europe.

European leaders such as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz have questioned whether the cut in flows is politically motivated rather than a technical problem.

Wilkinson said he did not know for sure if the turbines were the cause of the current reduction in gas supplies, but said the problem needed to be solved anyway.

“The reason these turbines are being renovated here is that they need to be refurbished. And then at some point it will have an impact,” he said.

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Reporting by Steve Scherer in Ottawa Editing by Nick Zieminski and Matthew Lewis

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