Russia stops gas flows to Finland over payments dispute

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By Terje Solsvik OSLO (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom on Saturday halted gas exports to neighbouring Finland, in the latest escalation of an energy payments dispute with Western nations. Gazprom Export has demanded that European countries pay for Russian gas supplies in roubles because of sanctions imposed over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, but Finland refuses to do so. The move by Gazprom comes at the same time as Finland is applying to join the NATO military alliance, a decision spurred by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Gas imports through Imatra entry point have been stopped,” Finnish gas syst…

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