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Revenge begins / Applied to NATO, Russia cuts off gas supplies to Finland

Revenge begins / Applied to NATO, Russia cuts off gas supplies to Finland

Russia is cutting off its natural gas supply to Finland, says Finnish state-owned energy firm Gasum.

Finland has refused to pay for its supplies in rubles. But it also follows an announcement that Finland will apply for NATO membership.

Gasum said the move was "unfortunate" but said there would be no interruptions for customers.

Despite the conflict in Ukraine, Russia continues to supply gas to many European countries.

After Western powers sanctioned Russia over the war, Russia said "unfriendly" countries should pay for gas using the Russian currency, a move the EU considers blackmail.

Relying on Russian energy is a contributing factor to the cost of living crisis many consumers face.

Finland imports most of its gas from Russia, but gas accounts for less than a tenth of the country's energy consumption.

"It is very unfortunate that the natural gas supplies under our supply contract will now be stopped. However, we have been carefully prepared for this situation and provided there is no interruption in the gas transmission network, we could to supply gas to all our customers in the coming months, "said Gasum CEO Mika janiljanen.

Asked about the issue, a Kremlin spokesman said "it is clear that no one will give anything for free".

On Sunday, Russia also cut off electricity supplies to Finland. She had threatened retaliation if Finland applied to join NATO.

Source: BBC

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