According to Finnish sources, Russia will stop supplying gas to Finland on Saturday morning. The Finnish gas company Gasum announced that the gas will stop flowing after 6 a.m. CEST. It is “very regrettable” that the contractually agreed deliveries are now being suspended, the company said. However, they are prepared for this situation, so that there are no supply problems.
Gasum had already stated a few days ago that there was an “increased risk” that Russian energy giant Gazprom would stop its natural gas supplies to Finland in the dispute over payment in rubles. The country had rejected corresponding demands from Moscow. Natural gas accounts for eight percent of the Finnish energy mix.
Response to the wish to join NATO
Finland and Sweden applied for NATO membership on Wednesday. The two Nordic countries want to join the Western military alliance impressed by the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. Russia criticized the effort as a “serious mistake”. The desire to join NATO is probably also the main reason why the gas pipeline to Finland is now being shut down.
The Finnish head of state had apparently been warned. A report in the Iltalehti newspaper last week spoke of a gas stop and high-ranking politicians were informed.
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