Russia has warned Finnish politicians that they could halt its gas supplies to neighbouring Finland on Friday, local newspaper Iltalehti reported on Thursday.
The paper did not specify where the warning came from but they did cite unnamed sources, to which Reuters was not able to verify.
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Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced on Thursday said Finland will now apply to join NATO “without delay” as a direct result of Vladimir Putin’s invasion in Ukraine.
Moscow has previously said that the enlargement of NATO is a direct threat to Russia’s security and the Kremlin has warned of “serious military and political consequences.”
On 5 May the Finnish government said they are preparing for Russia to cut off their gas supplies as Finland refused Russia’s demands for gas payments to be made in roubles.
Finnish Energy researcher Heikki Lindfors said last week that Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä assessments are correct as their economy will greatly suffer.
Just over 5% of energy used in Finland is from their natural gas, with Russia cutting of their gas supplies this will have an impact on the economy.
Lindfors said, “In these manufacturing processes, which need especially high temperatures, gas is the only realistic option.
“The same goes for those processes in which gas is the raw material.”
Finland’s natural gas pipelines are now part of the trans-European gas network, this travels all the way to North Africa, and imported gas from Africa is a viable solution.