When will it be clear that Europe has not yielded to RF in terms of sanctions?

The decision to transfer to Germany the Siemens turbine, necessary for resumption of full-scale operation of the Russian Nord Stream gas pipeline, should not be seen as an indicator of possible easing of sanctions against the Russian Federation on the part of Europe.

Volodymyr Omelchenko, energy programmes director of the Razumkov Centre, told RBC Ukraine about it.

According to him, the winter of 2022–2023, which will indeed be difficult, will become a test of Europe's commitment to its values not in words but in deed.

"There should be no illusions that the sanctions will be applied with "distilled" purity. It is more important now to preserve the common vector of deterrence of the Russian Federation on the basis of the unity of all democracies of the world with Ukraine and to win the energy war with Russia, despite occasional defeats in local "battles," he said.

At the same time, the expert urges not to draw global conclusions from the turbine’s story, because both Canada and Germany remain Ukraine’s allies, despite anything.



Volodymyr Omelchenko

Director, Energy Programmes

Born in 1967 in Kyiv

Education: Kyiv Politechnic Institute, Department of Chemical Engineering (1992)

Author of over 50 scientific works and op-ed publications. Took part in development and implementation of international energy projects and scientific research in international energy policy


1992 – 1996 — worked in different positions in the mechanical engineering industry

1997 – 1998 — Head Expert of the Division of Oil, Gas and Petroleum Refining Industry of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine

1998 – 2003 — Naftohaz Ukrayiny National Joint-Stock Company, in Charge of Oil Transportation Section

2004 – 2007 — Chief Consultant at the National Institute of International Security Problems of Ukraine’s NSDC

since February, 2007 — Leading Expert, Razumkov Centre. Director of Energy Programmes since 2013

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