Gazprom: Delivery of gas turbines to Russia impossible due to sanctions

Kremlin responds to allegations by Siemens: Need legal evidence, not just words

Aug 4, 2022 10:02 p.m

Siemens accuses Russia’s Gazprom of lying when the energy company claims it is unable to bring a gas turbine for Nord Stream 1 to Russia. According to Kremlin spokesman Peskov, Gazprom needs legal documents and not empty promises.

Moscow has dismissed Siemens Energy’s claims that Russian energy giant Gazprom is making up excuses not to ship the gas turbine for the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Russia. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday:

“Gazprom would really like to get the turbine. But after all, it wasn’t Gazprom that imposed the sanctions. In this case, it is important for Gazprom to get legal documentation stating that the turbine is not subject to sanctions. In this case Words alone are absolutely not enough.”

The spokesman pointed out that alongside the EU there is also the UK. Servicing and maintenance of these turbines would be carried out by a UK subsidiary of Siemens under UK law and jurisdiction. Because of all the sanctions imposed on Gazprom, the company must protect itself, said Peskov.

Siemens Energy previously accused Gazprom of inventing subterfuges to prevent the turbine from being transported from Germany to Russia.

“Everything that can be said about it has been said. Even the German Chancellor was there yesterday and gave a speech. There is nothing more to say. There are no EU sanctions against the turbine, that’s just not true.” , quoted the Russian business newspaper RBC a representative of Siemens Energy. He claimed that Russia was giving new reasons every day why it could not accept the turbine.

On Wednesday, Gazprom blamed Western sanctions for not being able to deliver the turbine needed to boost gas supplies to Germany. “The sanctions regimes of Canada, the EU and the UK, as well as the incompatibility of the current situation with Siemens’ contractual obligations, make it impossible to deliver turbine 073 to the Portovaya compressor station,” Gazprom wrote in a statement.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz had also accused Russia of using pretexts for the lack of gas deliveries. The turbine is in perfect condition, can be used at any time and can be delivered, he said on Wednesday during a visit to the energy technology group Siemens Energy in Mülheim an der Ruhr. The machine is currently being stored there.

At the end of July, Gazprom confirmed that it had received documents for the Siemens turbine. According to the Russian company, some of the questions raised by the sanctions were not clarified in the documents.

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