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Canada accused of betraying Ukraine and helping Russia break sanctions

Jul 19, 2022 | Opinion, Featured

By Diane Francis @dianefrancis1
via UkraineAlert

Canada’s government is under pressure at home and in Ukraine to reverse its decision to waive sanctions on a Russian turbine in order to keep gas flowing to Germany. Critics have condemned the decision because it undermines sanctions aimed at stopping Vladimir Putin’s brutal war against Ukraine. Opponents have also argued that returning the turbine won’t guarantee gas flows.

“This is an effort by Russia to undermine sanctions,” said John Herbst, former US ambassador to Ukraine and current senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. “Sadly, Germany continues to be weak in opposing predatory Russian attacks in energy, and the Canadian government is willing to go along.”

The US Department of State, the European Commission, and the German government have all issued statements supporting Canada’s decision, but Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the exemption will encourage Russia to continue using gas exports as a weapon.

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