Helsinki (The Times Groupe)- Russia may have made its first retaliatory move against Finland after Helsinki officially applied to join NATO.
Finland’s state-owned gas wholesaler, Gasum, said in a statement Friday morning that natural gas imports from Russia would cease on Saturday.
“Gazprom Export informed Gasum on Friday May 20 that the gas supplies to Finland under Gasum’s supply contract will be cut on Saturday May 21, 2022 at 07.00,” the company said in a statement.
The Gasum CEO explained that the company had prepared for such a situation, and if a disruption of the gas transmission network does not occur, we will be able to supply all our customers with gas.”
Gasum will continue to provide natural gas to its customers from other sources through the Balticconnector pipeline, he said. Gasum’s filling stations in the network area will operate normally.
The Times Groupe could not reach a Gazprom spokesperson immediately.
Gazprom, the state-owned gas giant in Russia, alredy informed Poland and Bulgaria in April that it would halt supplies after both countries refused to pay for supplies in rubles.