Russia stops gas supply to Finland

Russia stops gas supply to Finland

Moscow: Russia’s Gazprom on Saturday stopped natural gas supply to neighbouring Finland after the Nordic country refused to pay in rubles. Relations between Russia and Finland have been stressed of late after the latter applied for NATO membership. Natural gas comprises about about eight percent of Finland's energy consumption and most of it is sourced from Russia. Russia, in a bid to sidestep Western financial sanctions against its central bank, has asked clients from "unfriendly countries", including EU member states, to pay for energy imports in rubles. Finnish state-owned energy company Gasum had said that it would make up for the shortfall from other sources. It said that gas would be sourced from the Balticconnector pipeline, which connects Finland to Estonia, and it assured Finland residents that filling stations would run normally. UNI

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