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The Ukrainian World Congress is suing Canada, alleging that the country is violating its own sanctions. in Russian aid.
The lawsuit, announced on Tuesday, aims to prevent the Canadian government from sending repaired Nord Stream 1 turbines back to Germany. The turbines will allow Russia to increase the amount of oil it transports and sells to European countries.
Ukrainian World Congress called Canada’s decision “completely unacceptable” and “a grave mistake with dire consequences.”
“We cannot provide a terrorist state with the tools it needs to fund the killing of tens of thousands of innocent people,” said Paul Grod, president and executive director of the World Ukrainian Congress. “It’s not just about a turbine, or maybe multiple turbines to support energy exports from Russia, it’s about giving in to Russian blackmail all the time.”
The lawsuit comes just days after Canada announced it was seeking a “time-limited and revocable clearance” to bring back the turbines as they boost energy flows to Europe amid global scarcity.
Nord Stream 1 saw drop in production up to 40% of power without turbines, according to Reuters.
“This exception to the sanctions regime against Russia is completely unacceptable,” Grod added. “There are real alternatives to Germany’s gas needs, including buying through the Ukrainian pipeline.”
He continued: “People and businesses that believe in freedom, democracy and human rights can and should come together to find breakthrough solutions to the energy crisis that Russia has made. We have come together to find vaccines to protect ourselves from COVID, we can find ways to protect ourselves from the Kremlin.
The Ukrainian World Congress says a judicial review of the decision could result in a federal court in Canada issuing a “declaration that the decision to issue the Siemens permit was unreasonable and unauthorized and an order to revoke the permit.”
According to his biography, the Ukrainian World Congress is “the global voice of the Ukrainian people throughout the world.” “As an international non-governmental organization, we represent the interests of more than 20 million Ukrainians in the diaspora,” the bio added.
Ukraine continues to defend itself against a fierce Russian invasion that began on February 15th. 24, which killed tens of thousands of troops between the two countries and destroyed Ukrainian infrastructure.