The Russian Federation has notified the key leaders of Finland about what will happen if the country joins NATO. The Iltalehti newspaper writes about this.
The newspaper points out that in this case, the Russian Federation may stop gas supplies on May 13. At the beginning of April, discussions about Finland’s accession to NATO intensified. The main members of the alliance supported this idea. The majority of members of the Finnish parliament voted in favor of accession.
Iltalehti notes that in this case, some sectors of the national industry will face serious problems. The chairman of the parliamentary group of the True Finns party, Ville Tavio, noted that the country’s politicians were informed about a possible reaction from Russia to Finland’s entry into the North Atlantic Alliance. “We are ready for this and expect it to happen,” explained is he.
As the publication adds, initially in Finland they expected that the Russian Federation would stop supplying gas on May 23, on the day of the next payment for blue fuel. Earlier, Minister for European Affairs and Property Management Tytti Tuppurainen told the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper that Finland did not intend to agree to the condition put forward by Russia to pay for gas supplies in rubles.
Russia has already stopped gas supplies to two EU countries
It is worth noting that two EU countries have already stayed without Russian gas. “Gazprom” has sent a notice to the importing companies of Poland and Bulgaria on the termination of gas supplies from April 27 due to their refusal to make final settlements in Russian rubles. In Warsaw, they say they have found an opportunity to refuse Russian gas by buying liquefied natural gas from the United States and Qatar, as well as by supplying gas from the Norwegian shelf.
PGNiG notes that “the gas transmission infrastructure is now operating smoothly, the national gas transmission system is being supplied on a permanent basis from other sources, underground gas storage facilities are being filled, and fuel is being transferred to consumers in accordance with current demand.” According to PGNiG, the storage occupancy rate is about 80%, which is significantly higher than in the corresponding period of previous years.
In turn, Bulgargaz reported: “After an analysis by the state company Bulgargaz and the Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH), it was found that the new two-stage payment procedure proposed by the Russian side does not comply with the contract valid until the end of the year and carries significant risks for the Bulgarian side. Including making payments without receiving gas from the Russian Federation.” It is also alleged that the Bulgarian side has fully fulfilled its obligations to pay for gas.
Government spokeswoman Lena Borislavova told bTV: “There is no risk to the country’s energy security, we have been prepared for such a scenario for a long time, the prime minister has been notified of what is happening.” It is noted that the Ministry of Energy, BEH, Bulgargaz and Bulgartransgaz have taken action on alternative gas supply agreements. Currently, there are no restrictions on gas consumption in Bulgaria. :///
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