The Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland, whose maternal family is of Ukrainian origin, was pressured by elected Conservatives to speak out on this issue (Archives).< /p>
Ottawa's decision to send repaired parts of a Russian gas pipeline back to Germany was difficult but necessary, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said.
She's ;addressed reporters on a conference call after the conclusion of a G20 finance ministers meeting in Bali, Indonesia.
“It was a very difficult decision for Canada to make. I understand Ukraine's concerns about this, but it was the right thing to do. Canada is united and determined in its support of the Ukrainian people. We have provided $3.4 billion in financial and military aid. I am proud that Canada has been a leader in supporting Ukraine and in opposing Russian President Vladimir Putin.
—Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
However, Canada alone cannot provide Ukraine with all the support it needs, she said, arguing for the importance of a united effort by the G7 and the EU. #x27;Atlantic Alliance.
Germany has said it has been very clear that the gas pipeline of the Russian state energy company Gazprom could become a strategic issue. Russia cut exports by 60% last month in its Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which supplies northeastern Germany, citing technical problems with the turbines.
“We have heard very clearly from Germany that their ability to sustain support may be at risk.
— Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
She also argued that the United States publicly supported the Canadian decision.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, for his part, called the move absolutely unacceptable earlier this week.
Pipes at the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline facility in Lubmin, Germany on March 8, 2022.
The decision on the exemption from sanctions will be seen in Moscow exclusively as a sign of weakness. This is the logic [of the Russian authorities], he said, adding that Russia will now try to limit or stop the gas supply to Europe at the moment the more critical.
In Ottawa, opposition MPs on Friday demanded that Liberal ministers explain the controversial decision during a special meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development next week.
The Liberals have accepted questions from Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.
The Tories had called on Ms Freeland to appear, alleging that she had disagreed with the decision and that the Liberals were trying to prevent her testimony ahead of her comments from Saturday.
The committee will also invite the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Ambassadors of Ukraine, Germany and the European Union to Canada to testify.