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Germany challenges Russia's justification for reducing gas supplies to Europe

Russian state-owned Gazprom announced this Monday (25) a further reduction in the supply of gas through the Nord Stream pipeline, to 33 million cubic meters per day, as of next Wednesday, due to the need to stop another turbine due to its technical state.

“As of 7:00 am Moscow time, the daily productivity of the Portovaya’s pumping capacity will be 33 million cubic meters per day”, the company reported on its Telegram channel.

Gazprom associated this new reduction to the technical condition of a turbine after the deadline for a new capital repair, as stipulated by the technical standards.

Russia currently supplies only 40% of the usual gas standards, pending the return of one of its Siemens turbines, which was blocked in Canada due to sanctions over the Russian military campaign in Ukraine, according to Moscow, and is currently on its way.

The announcement of the cut in the Russian gas supply o, according to the German government, has no “technical reasons” after becoming aware of Gazprom’s decision.

“We have taken note of the announcement. We are monitoring the situation very closely in close contact with the Federal Network Agency and the gas crisis team,” said a statement from the German Ministry of Economy and Climate Protection.

“According to with our information, there are no technical reasons for a reduction in shipments”, added the ministry’s note.

“The sanctions release requirements for the delivery of the turbine in question have been fulfilled. Canada has granted the exemption required by Canadian law. According to EU sanctions law, no exemption is required”, explains the note, in connection with the device delivered to Gazprom to operate the Nord Stream gas pipeline.

The process was hampered due to the Gazprom’s demands, which alleges that the documentation provided by Canada and Germany does not eliminate the risks linked to the sanctions and “raises additional questions”, in particular, those related to the future repair of other turbines.

In mid-June, Gazprom reduced its gas supply capacity by 33%, to 67 million cubic meters per day, also due to the need to stop a turbine for repairs, and in July it stopped pumping for “planned maintenance”.

After a ten-day break that ended in 21 July, the Nord Stream resumed operations with a capacity of 40%, which will be reduced by half as of Wednesday.

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