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The Ukrainian World Congress is taking legal action against Canada alleging the country is violating its own sanctions by aiding Russia.
The lawsuit, announced on Tuesday, seeks to prevent the Canadian government from returning repaired Nord Stream 1 turbines to Germany. The turbines will allow Russia to increase the amount of oil it transports and sells to European countries.
The Ukrainian World Congress called Canada’s decision “completely unacceptable” and “a serious mistake with disastrous consequences”.
“We cannot provide a terrorist state with the tools it needs to finance the murder of tens of thousands of innocent people,” said Ukrainian World Congress President and CEO Paul Grod. “It’s not just about one turbine or possibly many turbines to support Russia’s energy exports, it’s about continually succumbing to Russian blackmail.”
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The lawsuit comes just days after Canada announced it was seeking a ‘time-limited and revocable permit’ to allow the turbines to return as they will increase energy flows to Europe amid global shortages. .
The Nord Stream 1 saw its output drop to 40% of its capacity without the turbines, Reuters reported.
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“This exemption from the sanctions regime against Russia is completely unacceptable,” Grod added. “There are real alternatives to Germany’s gas needs, including buying through the Ukrainian gas pipeline.”
He continued, “People and businesses who believe in freedom, democracy and human rights can and must come together to create game-changing solutions to the energy crisis that Russia has caused. We have come together to find vaccines to protect ourselves against COVID, we can find ways to protect ourselves from the Kremlin.”
Ukraine’s World Congress said a judicial review of the decision could result in a Canadian federal court issuing “a declaration that the decision to provide a permit to Siemens was unreasonable and unauthorized and an order revoking the permit.” .
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The Ukrainian World Congress is a “global voice for the Ukrainian people around the world”, according to his biography. “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 ferocious Russian invasion, which began on February 24, which has killed tens of thousands of people between the two countries and decimated Ukrainian infrastructure.