Moscow has already started quite openly to directly blackmail the countries of the European Union. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today that problems with Nord Stream gas supplies will continue until Western sanctions are liftedwrites Offnews.bg.
Peskov announced that the stoppage of Russian gas supplies to Germany via the strategic Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline is the fault of the West, as a result of the imposed sanctions, which hinder the maintenance of the infrastructure. “Problems related to gas supply arose because of the sanctions imposed by Western countries. There is no other reason for these problems.” said Peskov.
His words come a few days after the complete shutdown of supplies on Nord Stream 1 – a vital gas pipeline to supply Europeans who fear an energy crisis this winter, notes AFP. “These sanctions have led to the situation we are in now,” the Kremlin spokesman pointed out.
Also he categorically rejected the West’s “constant attempts” to “put the blame” on Moscow. According to Peskov, “The West, in the specific case the European Union, Canada and Great Britain, are responsible for bringing the situation to this point“. He once again justified the suspension of Russian gas supplies to Germany via Nord Stream 1, announced on Friday, with the serious need for maintenance of the last operating turbine. “It does not function well, it breaks down. This leads to a stoppage of supplies“, commented the Kremlin spokesman.
Russian gas giant Gazprom announced on Friday that turbine oil leaks were discovered during an inspection at one of its pumping stations located in Russia.
Russia claims that sanctions imposed by Western countries after the start of the offensive in Ukraine are preventing the return of a Siemens turbine that was sent to Canada for repairs. According to Germany, where the turbine is currently located, it is Russia that is preventing the return of this key part of the pipelinenoted AFP, quoted by the same media.
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