Monday, October 3, 2022

Bairbock thanks Canada for turbines and offers cooperation

Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock (Greens) thanks Canada for the delivery of turbines for the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline. At the same time, it offered the country closer energy cooperation. “As a government, you have stood for European solidarity,” she said on Wednesday during her first visit to Canada after meeting her counterpart Melanie Jolie. “Together we exposed the hoax of the Russian President.”

Since June, Russia has cut gas supplies through Nord Stream 1. The energy company Gazprom justified this with the missing turbine. It was serviced by Siemens Energy in the Canadian metropolis of Montreal, but then redeployed in mid-July. On its way to Russia, however, it is now stuck in Mülheim an der Ruhr as Gazprom complains that the documents and information needed for repairs are missing. Siemens Energy denies the allegations.

Bairbock told Jolie that the moment Russia uses energy as a weapon, you have to make it clear: “We stand by each other, we stand by each other. And I know that It wasn’t easy for you. Thank you so much for that.”

The Canadian government is under pressure to allow the turbines to be delivered. He is accused of evading sanctions. A parliamentary committee is investigating. The World Congress of Ukraine has also announced a lawsuit against the delivery. 1.4 million people of Ukrainian descent live in Canada.

Bairbock underlines the possibility of further collaboration

Jolie defended the delivery against criticism. It is clear that Putin is waging a “hybrid war”. He “wanted to sow division in our alliance.” They didn’t want to allow it, she said. On Thursday, like German ambassador Sabine Sparwasser, Jolie is to testify about turbine distribution before the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs.

Bairbock acknowledged the economic cooperation between the two countries as being “huge and potential”. He mentioned the fields of minerals, hydrogen and liquid gas. “A good common trade policy can also promote values ​​and standards around the world,” she emphasized. In a few weeks, Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz will also travel to Canada to intensify economic cooperation. There are about 700 German companies operating in Canada.

Barrock ended her three-day trip to North America in Montreal. In Montreal, she wanted to visit a grain terminal in the port and meet participants in the women’s integration program. Prior to this, Bairbock was in New York for two days, where she attended a United Nations conference on the review of the NPT and delivered a keynote address on transatlantic relations.

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