Russia cuts off energy to Finland as the country's president tells Putin he plans to proceed with NATO bid: report

The flags of Finland and NATO are seen on phone screens in this multiple exposure illustrative photo taken in Krakow, Poland on May 12, 2022. Photo illustration by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Finland's president told the Kremlin on Saturday that the country intends to apply to join NATO.
The country's power supply from Russia was cut on Saturday.
Russia's energy suppliers said the disruption was due to unpaid funds.
Russian energy company RAO Nordic Oy has halted energy supplies to Finland as the country announces plans to apply for NATO membership in the next few days, AFP reported.
"Currently it's at zero and that started as planned from midnight," Timo Kaukonen, operations planning manager at Finnish transmission system operator Fingrid, told AFP on Saturday.
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said he had spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin and informed him of his plans to bid to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the next few days.
Earlier this week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN that Finland's NATO entry would pose a threat to Russia.
"As we have said many times, NATO enlargement does not make the world more stable and secure," Peskov said.
Niinisto said Russia's invasion of Ukraine, as well as its efforts to prevent countries from joining NATO, had "changed Finland's security environment".
In its own press release, RAO Nordic OY said the power cut was due to missing payments.
“Unfortunately, we have to note that the volumes sold on the Nord Pool exchange since May 6th have not yet been credited to our bank account. This situation is extraordinary and occurred for the first time in our trading history in over twenty years," said the supplier.
Finland gets about 10% of its energy from Russia and has said it is making up for the shortage by importing oil from Sweden, AFP reported.
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