Russia will suspend its electricity deliveries to Finland from Saturday May 14, due to unpaid bills, the supplier RAO Nordic Oy, 100% owned by the Russian company InterRAO, announced on Friday. This announcement comes against a backdrop of rising tensions between Moscow and Helsinki, which has announced its desire to join NATO “without delay” under the influence of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. An intention seen with a very bad eye by Moscow which has already threatened a “military-technical” response.
Helsinki-based RAO Nordic Oy has not received payment for electricity supplied to Finland since May 6, the group said in a statement, citing a lack of means to pay for electricity imported from Russia. “This situation is exceptional and takes place for the first time in more than 20 years,” the statement said. “We are therefore obliged to suspend the import of electricity from May 14,” explains the supplier. “We hope that the situation will soon improve” and deliveries from Russia will resume, adds the group.