A technical drawback with the Nord Stream 1 gasoline pipeline reported by Russia is merely a pretext, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck stated on Thursday.
“We are in a gas trade dispute with Putin and this won’t stop, even if the turbine does come from Canada,” Habeck stated at an occasion organized by Germany’s Sueddeutsche newspaper, referring to a pipeline half that has been despatched for upkeep.
The Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which provides gasoline from Russia to Europe underneath the Baltic Sea, may very well be suspended because of the drawback, which has been blamed by Moscow on Western sanctions.
“All agree, the technicians, Russian technicians, that Nord Stream 1 could now supply 100 percent gas. There is an excuse, a technical pretext that is taken,” Habeck added.