Russia responds to Finland’s NATO decision? Energy company suspends electricity supply | world news

Supplies have been “zero since midnight,” said Timo Kaukonen, an RAO Nordic manager. The official reason given is “payment arrears”.

Russia suspended electricity supply to Finland overnight after its energy company RAO Nordic threatened to cut off the supply due to overdue payments, a utility official told AFP on Saturday. of the Finnish network.


“It’s zero at the moment, and it started from midnight as planned,” said Timo Kaukonen, operational planning manager at Fingrid.

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Supplies “have been zero since midnight,” said Timo Kaukonen. RAO Nordic had said on Friday it would suspend supplies, citing payment issues, as Helsinki prepares to announce its application for NATO membership following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

RAO Nordic had said on Friday it would suspend supplies, citing payment issues, as Helsinki prepares to announce its application for NATO membership following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

But the shortfall was made up by imports from Sweden. Finland imports around 10% of its electricity from Russia.


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RAO Nordic says it has not been paid for electricity since May 6 but did not say whether this was related to European sanctions against Russia.

The February 24 invasion of Moscow swung political and public opinion in Finland and Sweden in favor of NATO membership as a deterrent against Russian aggression.

The two countries have long cooperated with the Western military alliance and should be able to join it soon.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has repeatedly said they will be welcomed “with open arms”.



Alan A. Seibert