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Canada Says Ukraine Gas Route Isn’t Alternative to Nord Stream

  • Top energy official defends decision to release turbine
  • Natural Resources Minister Wilkinson speaks to lawmakers
Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada's natural resources minister.

Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada's natural resources minister.

Photographer: David Kawai/Bloomberg
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top energy official defended his country’s decision to release a sanctioned turbine for the key Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, saying the government was not convinced by Ukraine’s arguments there were alternative options.

In testimony to lawmakers in Ottawa, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said leaving Germany to rely more on an existing pipeline through Ukraine -- as a replacement for Nord Stream -- was deemed unworkable in part because of capacity constraints.