SAMARKAND, 16 Sep – PRIME. Representatives of Siemens themselves signed that the Nord Stream turbines are not to be used, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
“They saw and recorded. They put their signatures under the act. It is necessary to repair, it is impossible to operate. Fire and explosion hazard,” Putin said at a press conference following his visit to Uzbekistan.
He stressed that Russia has nothing to do with it.
At the same time, gas supplies via Nord Stream, also one of the main routes for Russian gas exports, have been suspended since the end of August. “Gazprom” explained this by the detected malfunctions at the only working gas-pumping unit of the “Portovaya” compressor station.
Germany’s Siemens said it did not consider them a technical reason for shutting down the pipeline. However, Gazprom later announced that Siemens was participating in the repair work of the unit, detecting malfunctions and ready to fix them, but because of the sanctions, there was nowhere to do it.
Since May 11, Ukraine has stopped receiving gas for transit through the Sokhranovka GIS, citing the fact that it is under the control of Russian forces (on the territory of the LPR). As a result, there was only one entrance left for gas transit to Europe – GIS “Sudzha”. Gazprom stated that transferring all volumes to Sudzha is technologically impossible, the company fulfills all obligations to European consumers, and transit services are fully paid.