Russia attributes difficulties in the EU gas supply to sanctions.

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Gazprom cannot raise delivery until pipeline equipment is treated.

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, problems with turbine repair at Russia's Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline are unreal and the result of Western sanctions.

"Gazprom has described the actual condition of affairs, the real reality. He commented on the situation surrounding the return of a turbine from repairs in Canada and the ensuing reduction in Nord Stream's capacity to supply gas to Europe. "There are breakdowns that require urgent repair, and there are certain artificial difficulties that were introduced by the very so-called sanctions, illegal restrictions," he said.

There is not much Russia can do in this position, he continued, adding that it needs to be resolved.

Due to Ottawa's sanctions on Russia, one of the turbines from Nord Stream's Portovaya compressor station, which permits gas delivery from Russia to Europe, has been detained at a Siemens factory in Canada for several weeks. Last Monday, Gazprom announced that it had gotten paperwork from the Canadian government allowing the turbine to be shipped out of Canada, but only as far as Germany. According to Gazprom, there are still uncertainties regarding EU and UK sanctions and how they might impact the continued transfer of the turbine from Germany to Russia.

The functioning of another Siemens gas turbine at Portovaya was suspended last week by Gazprom, which further reduced gas deliveries through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to just 20% of its maximum capacity.

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