The Russian company Gazprom will cut off the supply of gas to Finland this Saturday, according to the Gasum firm, which has published a notification received this Friday from the neighboring country and which responds to the refusal to pay in rubles.

The Russian service will be interrupted at 7:00 a.m. this Saturday, explained the Finnish company, which is committed to maintaining the service thanks to the supply that arrives through the Balticconnector gas pipeline, which connects Finland and Estonia.

The president of Gasum, Mika Wiljanen, considered the Russian cut “very unfortunate”, but in a statement he defended that they had already been preparing for this situation and, therefore, the supply is guaranteed for the coming months. Gas accounts for 5 percent of Finland’s total energy consumption.

Russia had already closed the tap of Poland and Bulgaria last month, by virtue of a decree with which the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, sought to penalize “hostile” countries by forcing them to open two accounts in Gazprombank, one in foreign currency and another in rubles.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak assured Thursday that half of the 54 foreign gas buyers had accepted this condition and, therefore, the contracts are not in danger, although he did not detail the exact list.

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