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Siemens Energy says it is ready to return the turbine to Russia after carrying out maintenance work in Canada. Moscow, however, says economic sanctions imposed by the West following the Kremlin's onslaught in Ukraine have prevented the turbine from being shipped back. "I cannot reconcile a technical reason to the supply of gas," Siemens Energy CEO Christian Bruch said.

Siemens Energy CEO Christian Bruch says there is no technical justification for Russia to refuse the delivery of a turbine. His comments come amid a standoff between Germany and Russia over a piece of equipment that the Kremlin claims is holding back gas supplies to Europe. Siemens Energy says it is ready to return the turbine to Russia after carrying out maintenance work in Canada.

Russia has cut gas supplies to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to just a fifth of its capacity. Russia says it needs documentation to confirm the turbine is not subject to Western sanctions. Germany has contested this reasoning, saying the equipment is not affected by sanctions. It is not yet known when or if Nord Stream1 gas flows will return to normal levels.

"It is a normal course of maintenance what we are doing here," he said. "It's not a big deal. It's just a normal thing to do" He added: "We're not going to change anything. We're going to keep doing what we're doing"

Siemens says it is still waiting for Russian approval to send the turbine to Germany. "We cannot reconcile the direct consequences between this one spare turbine and the cut," Siemens says. Gazprom was not immediately available to comment on the matter. The turbine is expected to be ready by the end of the year, the company says.
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