FILE PHOTO: A general view shows the headquarters of Gazprom, in Moscow, June 27, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo

According to the Russian gas company Gazprom, a delivery of the turbine for the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which is available in Germany, to Russia is “impossible” because of the sanctions imposed on Moscow.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the company also cited “ambiguities in the current situation regarding Siemens’ contractual obligations.” Both together make “the delivery impossible”.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) had previously accused Russia of blocking the delivery of the important turbine in order to continue to throttle the amount of gas delivered. Germany is desperately looking for alternative energy sources to fill the gap left by reduced gas supplies from Moscow.