The Finnish government, which is a neutral country with more than 1,300 kilometers of borders with Russia, approved the country’s entry into the North Atlantic Alliance on Wednesday. It did so after Russia militarily attacked Ukraine, which is also not a member of NATO, on February 24. Moscow has previously warned that if Finland decides to join NATO, it will take retaliatory steps. Photo gallery (2) Source: SITA / AP Photo / Dmitry Lovetsky, File The Finnish company GasUM, which is a state-owned gas wholesaler, said on Friday that Gazprom had informed it of the planned interruption of gas supplies from today’s 06:00 CET. The Finnish company had previously refused to pay Gazprom for supplies in rubles. “Gas imports through the Imatra entry point have been stopped,” GasGrid said today. “Starting today, during the upcoming summer season, Gasum will supply its customers from other sources through the Balticconnector pipeline,” Gasum said. Balticconnector is a two-way pipeline that connects Estonian and Finnish gas networks. At the end of April, Gazprom stopped supplying gas to Poland and Bulgaria. He justified the step by saying that both countries refused to switch to ruble payments. Russia began demanding payments on its behalf after the invasion of Ukraine, when Western countries imposed sanctions on it.
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