'The Turbine Works': Germany's Scholz Points Finger at Russia in Energy Row

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz insists that Russia's Nord Stream 1 turbine, currently being stored in Germany, is functional and ready to be shipped back to Russia.

Christoph Steitz, Reuters

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Aug. 3 said Russia had no reason to hold up the return of a gas turbine for the Nord Stream 1 pipeline that had been serviced in Canada but has since been stranded in Germany in an escalating energy standoff.

Standing next to the turbine on a factory visit to Siemens Energy in Muelheim an der Ruhr, Scholz said it was fully operational and could be shipped back to Russia at any time – provided Moscow was willing to take it back.

The fate of the 12 m (13 yard) long turbine has been closely watched as European governments accused Russia of throttling gas supplies on spurious pretexts in revenge for western sanctions after the invasion of Ukraine in February.

Moscow denies doing so and cited issues with the turbine as the reason for lower gas flows through Nord Stream 1, which have been cut to 20% of capacity.

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