Scholz says "no technical reasons" for reduced gas flows from Russia
Author: Benjamin Wehrmann
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said Russia is responsible for the current drop in gas trading between the two countries which is feared to be a possible prelude for an even larger reduction which would worsen the European energy crisis. During a visit at a Siemens Energy facility in western German city Mühlheim, where the engineering company currently stores a gas turbine that has been at the centre of the trade dispute for several weeks, Scholz said the turbine had been overhauled successfully and “is ready for use at any time”. The chancellor sought to counter claims by Russian state-owned gas company Gazprom that the machinery is not operational and therefore to blame for lower gas flows through the offshore pipeline Nord Stream 1. “No technical reasons” stand in the way of bringing the key pipeline Nord Stream 1 back to full capacity, the chancellor said during a visit of a gas turbine at a factory of Siemens Energy that has been at the heart of a political row between Berlin and Moscow for several weeks.