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Russia cuts off electricity to Finland
Russia cuts off electricity supplies to Finland overnight after its energy firm RAO Nordic threatened to cut off supplies over installments of overdue debts, an official for Finland's grid operator told AFP on Saturday, May 14th,
"It is at zero at the moment, and that started from midnight as planned," Timo Kaukonen, manager for operational planning at Fingrid, said.
RAO Nordic had on Friday said it would suspend supplies, citing problems with payments, as Helsinki prepares to announce its application for Nato membership in the wake of Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
But the shortfall was being made up by imports from Sweden. Finland imports about 10% of its power from Russia.
RAO Nordic says it has not been paid for electricity since May 6 but has not spelt out if this was linked to European sanctions against Russia.
Moscow's February 24 invasion has swung political and public opinion in Finland and Sweden in favor of Nato membership as an obstacle against Russian hostility.
Both nations have long cooperated with the Western military alliance and are expected to be able to join it quickly.
Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg has repeatedly said they would be welcomed "with open arms."
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