Kremlin: Finnish newspaper report on gas cut-off in the country is false

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A Finnish newspaper report that Russia may cut off gas supplies to the country today appears to be false, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peshkov said today.

“It is more likely that this is another newspaper fraud,” Peshkov said, stressing that Russian gas company Gazprom remains a reliable supplier.

The Iltalehti newspaper, citing unnamed sources, wrote on Thursday that Finnish politicians had received a warning that Russia might cut off gas supplies to their country from Friday.

Gazprom did not respond to a request for comment.

“Gazprom supplies gas to various customers, including NATO members. Gazprom has proven its credibility many times,” Peshkov said, adding that there were no plans to cut off gas supplies to Finland today.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sana Marin said on Thursday that the country would apply “without delay” for NATO membership, with Russia pledging to respond to the move.

On May 5, the Finnish government said it was preparing for the possibility of Russia suspending deliveries later this month over Helsinki ‘s refusal to pay for gas in rubles.

Most of Finland’s natural gas comes from Russia. However, natural gas accounts for only 5% of the country’s annual energy consumption.

Source: Capital

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