Finland seeks NATO membership, Russia cuts off Fingrid electric


Various NATO member countries have weighed in.

 Perhaps the most memorable was Croatian President Zoran Milanovic who said, “As far as I’m concerned, they can get into NATO, they can poke the rabid bear in the eye with a pen.” 

Fingrid Power cut ahead of NATO membership

Russian energy supplier, RAO Nordic Oy, suspended their export of electric transmission to Finland on Saturday. This comes one day before the Nordic country is expected to announce official plans to join NATO.

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“It is at zero at the moment, and that started at midnight as planned,” said Timo Kaukonen, the manager for Fingrid.

And the Finnish transmission system operator insists that the Russian import electricity makes up only about 10 percent of the country’s consumption.

“The lack of electricity imports from Russia will be compensated by importing more electricity from Sweden and by generating more electricity in Finland,” Reima Päivinen, Fingrid’s senior vice president of power system operations, said in a statement.

“Finland can cope without Russian electricity, now and even next winter, when the consumption will be higher,” Päivinen claims.