The Russian firm Gazprom introduced on 21 Might that it had stopped exporting Russian fuel to Finland, a choice that adopted Helsinki’s refusal to pay for its deliveries in rubles. The Kremlin had demanded fee in rubles as a part of the financial standoff with the EU over the invasion of Ukraine and subsequent financial sanctions. Whereas that is above all a business choice, it’s tough to not see it as a consequence of Finland and Sweden’s current software to hitch NATO.
Finland’s state-owned pure fuel import firm Gasum reassured the general public that there can be “no disruption to the fuel transport community” and that each one affected customers can be equipped with fuel within the coming months, regardless of Finland’s heavy dependence on Russian gas – in 2019 100% of its pure fuel got here from Russia.
After Poland, Bulgaria and the Baltic States, Finland is the sixth nation to refuse to pay for its fuel in rubles. Lithuania stopped importing electrical energy from Russia on 22 Might. In the long term, it’s the entire EU that should free itself from Russian fuel: in March 2022, the European Fee printed its REPower EU plan aiming to drastically cut back – and finally eradicate – its vitality dependence on Russia.
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