Russia suspend power supply to Finland after the country’s energy company, RAO Nordic, threatened to cut supply due to payment arrears.
The decision came shortly after Finland announced plans to join NATO.
“Currently it’s zero, and it starts from midnight as planned,” said Fingrid’s operational planning manager (the operator of the electricity grid in Finland).
RAO Nordic on Friday said it would suspend supplies citing payments. Finland is known to import about 10 percent of its electricity from Russia.
RAO Nordic said it had not received any electricity payments since May 6.
The February 24 invasion of Moscow has swayed political and public opinion in Finland and Sweden in favor of NATO membership as a deterrent against Russian aggression.
The two countries have long cooperated with the western military alliance and are expected to join forces soon.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has repeatedly said they would be welcomed “with open arms”.
Sweden’s and Finland’s plans to join NATO are likely to get stuck. Because Turkey, which is already part of NATO, does not support the plan. This was conveyed directly by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.