Sanctions regimes in Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom, as well as inconsistencies in the current situation regarding Siemens’ contractual obligations, make it impossible to deliverGazprom said in a statement.
These statements risk heightening the concern of European countries, who suspect Moscow of seeking a pretext to delay the return of this turbine and further reduce its gas deliveries, in the tense context around Ukraine.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also accused Russia on Wednesday of being responsible for blocking the delivery of the turbine.
A strategic piece
Gazprom says the equipment, which was returned to Germany after being repaired in Canada, is essential to ensure the smooth operation of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, which supplies Europe.
Russia reduced the volume of its deliveries in June and July, saying that the gas pipeline could not function normally without this part.
The Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, with a capacity of 167 million cubic meters daily, according to Gazprom, connects Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea. It is strategic for the gas supplies of the Europeans, especially the Germans, who are very dependent on Russian energy resources.
Westerners accuse Moscow of using the energy weapon in retaliation for the sanctions adopted after the offensive against Ukraine.
The Kremlin ensures, for its part, that it is the sanctions which are at the origin of the difficulties of delivery and that Europe suffers since from the measures which it imposes on Russia.
Russia has been hit with several rounds of Western sanctions following its military intervention in Ukraine launched on February 24.