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Flag in hand or dressed in blue and yellow like their motherland, a hundred Ukrainians strongly denounced, Sunday in Montreal, the decision of the Trudeau government to ignore the sanctions against Russia at a time when towns and villages are still being bombed.
“Genocide is not prevented and punished by lifting sanctions, especially in the area of energy,” exclaimed Eugène Czolij, Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Montreal during a speech.
The latter was addressing the crowd gathered in Phillips Square under a strong sun as part of a demonstration organized by the Congress of Ukrainian Canadians to oppose the return of turbines to Russia.
Last week, the Trudeau government decided to allow the repatriation of the turbines used by Gazprom for its Nord Stream gas pipeline. These are currently in Montreal for repair purposes.
However, since Russia is targeted by international sanctions on the export of oil and gas-related equipment, Canada has decided to return the turbine, not directly to Gazprom, but rather to the German Siemens, which will then handing it over to the Russian energy giant, thus circumventing the sanctions.
While many of them still worry about the fate of their loved ones in Ukraine, the demonstrators present Sunday in the city center implore Canada to reconsider its decision.
“I think these turbines should stay in Canada forever,” says Mike Onishchenko.
“At this point in the war, the only way to make the Russian people understand what is really going on in Ukraine is by imposing sanctions,” said Kristina Kubayati, who fears that Canada's decision sets a dangerous precedent.
Some, like Anastasia Naumova, even consider the government's decision hypocritical.
“The Canadian government is doing a lot of good things for my country by sending humanitarian aid, but when I saw that he was allowing the turbine to be sent back, I was surprised and disappointed since That helps to let Ukrainians die,” says the 16-year-old, who arrived in Canada three months ago.