Ukrainians would never accept Canada’s decision to return a gas turbine intended for a Russian pipeline because it would encourage more sanctions violations.
That’s what Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told his people about his July 17, 2022 conversation with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
What happened was simple: a few parts of a turbine that helps push natural gas through a pipeline to its customers needed fixing. It was made in Canada. Russia’s Gazprom fuel commodities exporter sent it to its Canadian builder. All of that had happened quite some time before the February 24, 2022 launch of what Russian President Vladimir Putin calls “special operation,” while NATO call it unwarranted aggression.
The turbine part, now fixed, was stored in Canada, and Gazprom demanded its return: it did pay for the repairs and for shipping and handling, after all.
After some haggling, the part went back to its rightful owner.
And that made Zelenskyy livid, and he made sure everybody would be aware of his anger.
Not so Trudeau. In a July 17, 2022 readout, he announced (verbatim): Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The Prime Minister and President discussed Canada’s continued assistance to Ukraine and work with like-minded partners to address the broader global impacts of Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable war. The Prime Minister reiterated Canada’s strong ongoing support for Ukraine against Russia’s military aggression. The leaders discussed the importance of maintaining strong unity amongst allies and continuing to impose severe costs on Russia in the face of its illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.
The leaders also strongly condemned Russia’s persistent, indiscriminate, and horrific attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. President Zelenskyy thanked Prime Minister Trudeau for Canada’s military, humanitarian, and development aid to Ukraine.
The Prime Minister commended the President’s leadership in defence of Ukraine and our shared democratic values. He highlighted the courage of the Ukrainian people in coming together to defend their country and their freedoms against Russia’s ongoing attacks. The two leaders agreed to keep in close touch.
End of verbatim quote.
Not a single word about any turbines or parts thereof. Illegal and unjustifiable invasion would be mentioned twice. Canada finding ways to sidestep sanctions? Kidding, right?
A bit of context
All of this led American economist Martin Armstrong to interesting conclusions.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy is doing whatever he can to not merely destroy all of Europe, but to push the world into World War III, Armstrong summarised the latest developments.
Why? Armstrong does not mention that the entire conflict could be a result of a well-coordinated policy that guides America (and NATO). Ideas such as Great Reset may be behind it all, and so can be American efforts to get to Russian raw materials and, thus, return to the position of a superpower.
Armstrong’s first analysis describes Zelenskyy’s actions as signs of his and Ukraine’s inherent hatred of everything Russian.
Surely, that must have been one of the reasons why Zelenskyy told Justin Trudeau that Ukrainians would never accept Canada’s decision to return that gas turbine (and/or its part): it would encourage more sanctions violations.
Fixed turbine or not, Gazprom has announced that it can no longer guarantee its “good functioning” pipeline to Germany. They used the delay in the fixed turbine delivery as an excuse that would withstand any judicial questioning.
Gazprom’s so-called extraordinary circumstances (vis maior) let it void itself from all contractual obligations to Germany.
To explain: Vis maior is a Latin term that means “superior force” and describes an irresistible natural occurrence that causes damage or disruption and that is neither caused by nor preventable by humans — even when exercising the utmost skill, care, diligence, or prudence.
Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes and other such natural disasters belong in that category. The terms act of God and force majeure are synonymous with vis maior. These terms are commonly used in contracts to exclude one or both parties from liability and fulfilling their contractual obligations when events beyond their control occur.
The definition includes impact of vis maior in commercial contracts: it can also apply to actions undertaken by third parties.
In the worst-case scenario, the gas flow to Europe will stop flowing indefinitely. Europe (and Europeans) will start freezing to death.
Except: Zelenskyy seems to think he can use this unfortunate glitch to his country’s advantage.
In a letter dated July 14, 2022. Zelenskyy wrote that cutting gas supplies to Germany will force NATO to invade Russia. That, at least, is what the Reuters news agency has reported.
As Martin Armstrong put it in his brief analysis, Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv would be the first to go up in flames should anything of the kind happen. We live in the world of nuclear weapons, after all.
Zelenskyy won’t be able to make it to his private jet to save his own life, according to Armstrong. A very valid point.
Perhaps Germany should now invade Ukraine, Armstrong concludes.
Because it seems to be the only way to save Europe and, by extension, the rest of the world.