Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly welcomes her German counterpart Annalena Baerbock to Montreal.
The German Foreign Minister is in Montreal on Wednesday, from where she acknowledged that her country and many European states depend on Russian gas, recalling that unity remains the best weapon to face Russia, in a context of tensions related to the war in Ukraine.
Annalena Baerbock said she was grateful for the solidarity shown by Canada to her country. She thus reconsidered the controversial decision of Canada to send back to Germany parts to be used to equip a Russian natural gas pipeline between Russia and Europe.
This turbine is is in Germany for installation in the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, she said. Russia, she continued, is trying to divide us by using energy as a weapon.
The pipes of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline facilities in Lubmin, Germany, on March 8, 2022.
Alongside her German counterpart, during a joint press conference, the Minister Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly also spoke of Moscow's attempts to sow division within the G7.
It is clear that President Putin is using the flow of energy as a weapon against Europe […] and that is why we have decided to take a strong stance by sending the turbine back to Germany. Ms. Joly also recalled that Canada and its allies were keeping up the pressure on Moscow.
“We have isolated Russia politically, diplomatically and economically. […] We did this in close collaboration with our G7 partners.
— Mélanie Joly, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Annalena Baerbock and I talked about the work we are doing for the transition to ending the use of Russian oil, gasoline and gas, Ms. Joly added.
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Last month, Canada said it would grant a Canadian company an exemption from Russian sanctions and allow the export to Germany of six turbines under repair in Montreal that are part of the Nord Stream gas pipeline. 1, which connects Russia to Germany.
This decision did not fail to anger kyiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky even called Canada's actions unacceptable.
Moscow also responded by reducing natural gas deliveries to ;Germany via the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline citing technical problems which Germany says are just an excuse for a political power play.
A shortly before the two ministers met in Montreal, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited a Siemens factory in Berlin to inspect one of the turbines that are at the heart of the controversy.
< p class="e-p">According to the German Chancellor, the turbine is ready for operation, but Moscow continues to block its transfer, claiming that the German company Siemens has not provided the necessary documentation.
With information from La Presse canadienne