UPDATE 1-Russia says it's not in diplomatic contact with Canada and Germany over gas turbine issue

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MOSCOW, June 29 (Reuters) - Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday that Moscow was not in diplomatic contact with Canada and Germany over repairs to a turbine which Moscow has cited as its reason for cutting gas flows to Europe via a pipeline.

Russia's state-controlled Gazprom has cut the capacity along the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to just 40% of usual levels this month, citing the delayed return of equipment being serviced by Germany's Siemens Energy in Canada.

Canada, alongside its Western allies, has issued sweeping sanctions on Russia after Moscow sent troops into Ukraine in what the Kremlin calls a "special military operation".

Canada's Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson told Reuters last week that his country was trying to find a resolution that would respect "the intent of the sanctions" but not "penalize" its allies.

"There are no contacts through diplomatic channels, neither with Canada nor with Germany, over the issue of a turbine which is being upheld by Canadian authorities," Zakharova told a briefing on Wednesday.

Russia has repeatedly said that Western sanctions have delayed the return of the equipment from Canada to Gazprom and some officials have even warned that supplies via the Nord Stream 1 may dry out completely if the equipment is not returned. (Reporting by Reuters)

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