Russia takes power: – Affects the entire Nordic region

Russia cuts power supply to Finland in response to the country’s NATO application, writes the news agency AFP.

It already happens on Saturday night.

– We are forced to stop the import of electricity from 14 May, RAO Nordic, which is a subsidiary of the state-owned Russian energy company Inter RAO, states.

LONDON: Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre is visiting London, where he has discussed the war in Ukraine, and Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership. Video: Bjørn Langsem / Reporter: Frode Andresen.
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– RAO Nordic is no longer able to pay for the electricity imported from Russia, it is further stated.

Last month, the state-owned company that operates the electricity grid in Finland, Fingrid, reduced its imports of electricity from Russia in response to the country’s war in Ukraine.

– Affects the entire Nordic region

Chief analyst at Volue Insight, Tor Reier Lilleholt, tells Børsen that this is a serious reaction from Russia.

“Russian electricity makes up a significant part of Finland’s energy needs, and this is therefore quite serious for Finland,” he says.

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NATO: Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre is in London to meet the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson, where the war in Ukraine and Finland and Sweden’s desire to join NATO will be the topic of conversation. Reporter: Frode Andresen / Video: Bjørn Langsem
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– This will affect the entire Nordic region. If the Russians now cut all electricity supply to the Finns, it will lead to a price increase of about 20 øre in Finland and 5 øre in the Nordic countries.

Prices in Norway could therefore also be affected by Russia now punishing Finland for their application for NATO membership.

– But Norway is not dependent on energy from Finland, and we will probably be relatively little affected, Lilleholt assures.

- Always a danger

– Always a danger

– Prepared

About 10 percent of the electricity used in Finland has so far come from Russia, but the cut does not involve a crisis.

– Finland is not dependent on importing electricity from Russia, says Fingrid’s boss, Jukka Ruusunen.

– The lack of imports from Russia will be compensated by importing more electricity from Sweden and by producing more electricity in Finland, says Fingrid’s vice president Reima Päivinen in a press release.

According to Ruusunen, Finland may also have to cut exports of electricity to Estonia.

Although the reaction can be described as serious for the Finns, the chief analyst believes that the time is right for Finland.

– Finland is lucky because they have just completed a very large nuclear power plant, he explains.

Possible gas cut

Finland also imports gas from Russia but is according to the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti warned that there may be a complete halt in these deliveries as well.

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov rejected Friday the case in Iltalehti as incorrect and stressed that Russian Gazprom is a reliable supplier.

Most of the gas used in Finland today comes from Russia, but the Russian gas only covers about 5 percent of the Finns’ energy needs.

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