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Putin called on Europe to lift sanctions from Nord Stream 2, “if it’s impatient”

President Putin: Europe can lift sanctions on Nord Stream 2 to solve the crisis

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Russia is not the cause of the energy crisis in Europe, European countries, in order to overcome it, can, in particular, lift sanctions from the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, President Vladimir Putin said at the press conference following the SCO summit, RBC correspondent reports.

“In the end, if it’s impatient, if everything is so difficult, take and lift the sanctions on Nord Stream 2. 55 bcm m by year— just press the button, and everything went, & mdash; said the Russian leader.

“The energy crisis in Europe did not start with the start of a special military operation in Ukraine <…> It started with a green agenda»,— added by the president.

Speaking of the EC decision to lift sanctions on Russian fertilizers, Putin called it “unprecedented, ugly” and shameful, since it affected only EU countries. In addition, sanctions on freight and port calls continue to apply, he said. “EU food rhetoric” bluff to solve his own problems, — says the president.

After Moscow recognized the independence of the DPR and LPR in February, the German authorities decided to suspend the certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. On February 23, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on pipeline operator Nord Stream 2 AG and CEO Matthias Warnig. They were included in the SDN sanctions list, which provides for the blocking of assets and isolation from the dollar system.

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In the summer, Gazprom began to reduce the flow of gas through the Nord Stream, explaining this by problems with the return of the turbine from Canada, where it was being repaired. The engine is stuck there because of the sanctions of this country. Subsequently, the Canadian side agreed to deliver the turbine through Germany, but it never reached Russia. At Gazprom They explained that sending the engine to Germany “does not comply with the terms of the contract.” In Europe, Moscow's decision was considered political.

In early September, the Russian side completely stopped supplying gas, explaining this decision by the threat of an explosion due to an oil leak on the remaining turbine. In Europe, they considered the possibility of introducing a price ceiling for Russian fuel, but the countries could not agree on this norm. Putin, commenting on this initiative, threatened to cut off oil and gas.

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Vladimir Putin

Politician, President of Russia

October 7, 1952

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