Russia will suspend its electricity deliveries to Finland from Saturday, announced Friday, May 13 the supplier RAO Nordic Oy, 100% owned by the Russian company InterRAO. This announcement comes against a backdrop of rising tensions between Moscow and Helsinki, which has announced its desire to join “without delay” to NATO under the influence of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. An intention seen with a very bad eye by Moscow, which has already threatened a response “military-technical”.
Helsinki-based RAO Nordic Oy cited a default in payment as the reason for its choice. The company says it has not received payment for electricity supplied to Finland since May 6. “This situation is exceptional and takes place for the first time in more than twenty years”according to the press release.
“We hope that the situation will soon improve” and deliveries from Russia will resume, the group adds. The Finnish electricity grid operator immediately assured that it could do without power imports from Russia.
The integration of Finland into NATO, “certainly” a threat for Moscow
The President and Prime Minister of Finland explained on Thursday that they wanted membership “without delay” to NATO, specifying that the decision of the Nordic country would be announced on Sunday to the organization. A real revolution for this country of 5.5 million inhabitants which shares 1,300 km of border with Russia and which was long forced into a kind of forced neutrality by Moscow.
Finland’s entry into NATO would be “certainly” a threat to Russia, reacted the Kremlin. Russian diplomacy for its part affirmed that Russia will be “obligated to take reciprocal measures, military-technical and otherwise, in order to put an end to threats to its national security”in the event of Finland’s accession.