Finland will become the second European country to have its gas supply cut off by Russia for refusing to pay in rubles.
Finland announced Russia will cut gas on May 21 (Photo: CNN)
“The flow of gas from Russia to Finland will stop on the morning of May 21,” announced Gasum – the Finnish state-owned energy company.
“On the afternoon of May 20, Gazprom informed us that the contract to supply gas to Finland will end on May 21 at 4 a.m.,” Gasum said.
“From May 21, Gasum will supply gas to customers from sources other than Russia through the Balticconnector pipeline,” announced Gasum.
Balticconnector is a gas pipeline from Estonia to Finland. However, this pipeline is quite small and not sufficient to meet Finland’s gas consumption and storage needs.
“Unfortunately, gas supplies from Russia have been stopped, but we have carefully prepared for this situation,” Gasum CEO Mika Wiljanen told Reuters.
Earlier, on May 17, Gasum warned that Moscow would soon shut off gas to Finland because it would not accept payments for Russian gas contracts in rubles. Bulgaria and Poland also stopped gas supplies through Russia due to similar measures.
Gasum said it will sue Gazprom for breach of contract.
Gasum Vice-President Olga Vaisanen said this winter will be “challenging” for Finland due to gas shortages from Russia.
Commenting on the news that Russia has blocked Finland from supplying gas, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia “will not give anything to any country for free”.
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