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MOSCOW, June 29 (Reuters) - Russian foreign ministry
spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday that Moscow was
not in diplomatic contact with Canada and Germany over repairs
to a turbine which Moscow has cited as its reason for cutting
gas flows to Europe via a pipeline.
Russia's state-controlled Gazprom has cut the
capacity along the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to just 40% of usual
levels this month, citing the delayed return of equipment being
serviced by Germany's Siemens Energy in
Canada, alongside its Western allies, has issued sweeping
sanctions on Russia after Moscow sent troops into Ukraine in
what the Kremlin calls a "special military operation".
Canada's Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson told
Reuters last week that his country was trying to find a
resolution that would respect "the intent of the sanctions" but
not "penalize" its allies.
"There are no contacts through diplomatic channels, neither
with Canada nor with Germany, over the issue of a turbine which
is being upheld by Canadian authorities," Zakharova told a
briefing on Wednesday.
Russia has repeatedly said that Western sanctions have
delayed the return of the equipment from Canada to Gazprom and
some officials have even warned that supplies via the Nord
Stream 1 may dry out completely if the equipment is not
(Reporting by Reuters)