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Canada: Russia's economists are complicit in war crimes, as are its officers

 The Canadian Finance Minister defended her country's decision to return the turbine of the "Nord Stream" gas pipeline linking Germany and Russia, stressing that it is a "difficult but sound decision."

Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on Saturday criticized Russia's participation in the ministerial meeting of the Group of Twenty, which was held in Indonesia, considering it "absurd."


"We objected very loudly and clearly to the presence of Russian officials," Freeland, who is also Canada's deputy prime minister and has Ukrainian ancestry, told a news briefing.


"We objected very loudly and clearly to the presence of Russian officials," Freeland, who is also Canada's deputy prime minister and has Ukrainian ancestry, told a news briefing.


Freeland, on the other hand, defended Canada's decision to allow the return of the repaired turbine linked to the Russian Nord Stream gas pipeline to Germany, which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called "unacceptable" .


The minister said that making this decision was "very difficult", but "it was the right decision," noting that "the energy challenges that Germany and our European partners face are very real, and Canada understands this."


She noted that the United States publicly welcomed this option and that Germany was clear "regarding the threat to its continued support for Ukraine."


Germany had demanded the return of this equipment to Europe in order to avoid interruption of the flow of the gas pipeline operated by the Russian gas group Gazprom .


Members of the opposition Canadian Conservative Party had hinted that Freeland, a firm defender of Ukraine, was refusing to hand over the turbine.


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