Russia stops gas supplies to Finland amid NATO membership bid.
Written by News Room on May 22, 2022
Russia stopped providing natural gas to neighbouring Finland, which has angered Moscow by applying for NATO membership after the Nordic country refused to pay supplier Gazprom in rubles.
Following Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, Moscow has asked clients from unfriendly countries including EU member states to pay for gas in rubles.
Gazprom said it had supplied 1.49 billion cubic metres of natural gas to Finland in 2021, equal to about two-thirds of the country’s gas consumption.
However, natural gas accounts for around eight per cent of Finland’s energy.
Gasum said it would make up for the shortfall from other sources through the Baltic connector pipeline, which links Finland to Estonia, and assured that filling stations would run normally.