The Finnish Gas Systems Operating Company Gazgrid Finland announced that Russia's Gazprom has today halted gas exports to Finland.
And news agencies quoted the company as saying in a statement that "Russian gas imports through the Imatra entry point between Russia and Finland have stopped."
The Finnish state-owned gas wholesaler Gazum had said yesterday that Gazprom had informed it that it would stop gas flows to it as of this morning.
According to the Finnish Ministry of Labor and Economy, the reason for this lies in the Finnish side’s refusal to pay for gas in rubles, pointing out that the Finnish Gas Company decided to resort to arbitration according to the terms of the contract signed between the two sides, while no statement has yet been issued by the Russian company Gazprom about the reason for stopping gas supplies.
Yesterday, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on the possibility of cutting off gas to Finland, saying that "Russia will not provide anything for free."
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