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Germany’s Habeck Urges Canada to Help Thwart Putin on Gas

  • Economy minister calls for release of Nord Stream component
  • Russia may use stranded turbine as grounds to fully halt flow
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Germany’s vice chancellor made a public plea to the Canadian government to release a turbine that’s caught up in sanctions against Russia and critical for gas flows to Europe. 

Economy Minister Robert Habeck told Bloomberg that the turbine for the Nord Stream 1 pipeline needs to be returned before maintenance work begins on Monday. Releasing the component would remove an excuse for Russian President Vladimir Putin to keep the conduit closed.