Russia suspends electricity to Finland

Russia suspends electricity to Finland

Russia suspended electricity supplies to Finland overnight after its energy firm RAO Nordic threatened to cut off supplies over payment arrears, an official for Finland’s grid operator told AFP on Saturday.

“It is at zero at the moment, and that started from midnight as planned,”

Timo Kaukonen, manager for operational planning at Fingrid, said.

RAO Nordic had Friday said it would suspend supplies, citing problems with payments, as Helsinki prepares to announce its application for NATO membership in the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

ELECTRICITY SHORTFALL

But the shortfall was being made up by imports from Sweden. Finland imports about 10% of its power from Russia.

RAO Nordic says it has not been paid for electricity since 6 May but has not spelt out if this was linked to European sanctions against Russia.

© Agence France-Presse

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