FOREIGN MINISTER MELANIE JOLY TO MEET GERMAN COUNTERPART IN MONTREAL AMID RUSSIAN TENSIONS

Aug 03, 2022

By Jeremy Logan

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Canada’s foreign affairs minister is set to hold a public event in Montreal Wednesday with her German counterpart, following Canada’s controversial decision to send parts of a Russian natural gas pipeline back to Germany.

The Foreign Affairs Department says Melanie Joly will participate in a “fireside chat” with German federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, to be hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.

Before the chat, the two ministers will hold a news conference, during which they will discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the war’s implications on energy and food prices.

In July, Canada said it would grant a Canadian company an exemption on Russian sanctions and allow the export to Germany of six turbines under maintenance in Montreal that are part of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which runs from Russia to Germany.

That decision frustrated Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who called Canada’s actions unacceptable.

Since then, Russia has reduced natural gas supplies through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany to 20% amid tensions over the war in Ukraine, citing technical issues that Germany says are only an excuse for a political power play.

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