Gasum’s gas filling stations in the gas network area will continue their normal operations, the company says in a press release.
This development is significant, as it will take place a few days after Finland and Sweden formally submitted their letters of accession to NATO. This was seen as a significant moment for two European countries that held the status of military non-alignment until Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Russian gas giant Gazprom announced that it had stopped supplying gas to the Finnish gas company altogether because the company had not received ruble payments.
“Gazprom has completely stopped supplying gas to Gasum (Finland) due to non-payment of the ruble payment,” the company said in a statement, adding that it has not yet received payments for gas delivered in April.
The company also stated that it had supplied about 1.49 billion cubic meters of gas in 2021, which is two thirds of Finland’s total gas consumption.
Already in March, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the transfer of natural gas payments to EU countries and other countries that have imposed restrictive measures against Russia in rubles to end the use of the dollar, euro and several other currencies in clearing.
Putin even signed a decree on the matter, saying Russia will treat the failure of unfriendly countries in rubles as of April 1 as non-compliance with gas treaty obligations.
Source: The Nordic Page