“No supply from midnight,” said Timo Kaukonen, a RAONordic official, citing “payment delinquency” as the official reason.
Russia has cut off electricity to Finland overnight after energy company RAO Nordic threatened to cut off supply due to delinquent payments, a Finnish grid operator official told AFP on Saturday.
“It’s zero at the moment and started at midnight as planned,” said Timo Kaukonen, Operations Planning Manager at Fingrid.
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RAO Nordic announced on Friday that it would suspend supply due to payment issues as Helsinki prepares to announce its NATO application following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
RAO Nordic announced on Friday that it will suspend supply due to payment issues as Helsinki prepares to announce its NATO application following the Moscow invasion of Ukraine.
However, the shortfall was made up by imports from Sweden. Finland imports about 10 percent of its electricity from Russia.
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RAO Nordic states that electricity charges have not been paid since May 6, but does not elaborate on whether this is related to European sanctions against Russia.
Moscow’s February 24th invasion shook the political and public opinion of Finland and Sweden, supporting NATO accession as a deterrent to Russia’s invasion.
The two countries have long cooperated with the Western military alliance and are expected to be able to join quickly.
NATO Prime Minister Jason Stoltenberg has repeatedly stated that he is welcomed “with his arms outstretched.”
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