MADRID, 2 Ago. (EUROPA PRESS) -
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz defended Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday and asserted that the return of the turbine for the Russian Nord Stream gas pipeline that was being repaired in the city of Montreal reinforces the position of Germany and Europe in the face of the energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine.
"The sanctions have one objective: to impose economic costs on Russia. Verifying whether our sanctions go against this objective is important. And with the issue of the turbine, the question was who would pay the costs of not being delivered. Russia uses it as a pretext to cut gas supplies, so Trudeau made a strong decision that has strengthened our position," he said.
Scholz believes that the Canadian president has managed to get Europe "free of this Russian pretext" by deciding to return the turbine. "Our sanctions are still in place, they are working. Russia's productive capacities have fallen rapidly, its economy is in recession, and its access to vital goods has been severely curtailed," he explained.
For him, it is important "not to fall into the trap of (Vladimir) Putin." "Why would Russia deliver more gas through Ukraine? I don't think this would happen. By delivering the turbine, Putin can no longer use this excuse and talk about technical difficulties for not supplying it," he said.
"Russia wanted to stop the delivery and blame the result on sanctions. We are seeing this in various fields. Russia is also blocking Ukrainian grain exports and blames Ukraine and sanctions for the global food market chaos," he said. said, according to information from the newspaper 'The Globe and Mail'.
Regarding the purchase of gas from Russia, he has asserted that Germany has been doing so for "decades". "The supply was reliable even in the times of the Cold War, but Germany is not the only country that has worked hard to build a different future with Russia. The country was a member of the G8, its president was invited to the NATO summit in Lisbon. There was a sincere hope of leaving the confrontations behind", he pointed out.
However, he has admitted that "there has been too much trust in a single energy provider" and has argued that "today we live in a different reality that tries to adjust". "We are going to end oil imports before the end of the year, but gas is the most complicated part. More measures must be taken," she warned.