Russia will interrupt electricity deliveries to Finland from 1 a.m. on Saturday, the Finnish grid operator announced on Friday.
“Direct or bilateral sales of electricity imported from Russia will be halted until further notice due to problems receiving payments for electricity sold in the market,” said RAO Nordic, a subsidiary of Russian utility Inter RAO. , according to the Finnish Fingrid.
Finland got 14% of its electricity from Russia last year, according to the Finnish public broadcaster.
Fingrid said it would not be difficult to replace Russian electricity imports.
“The lack of electricity imports from Russia will be compensated by importing more electricity from Sweden and producing more electricity in Finland,” said Reima Päivinen, senior vice president of power system operations at Fingrid.
Relations between Moscow and Helsinki soured after Finland said it would apply to join NATO in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Finland has also taken steps to end imports of Russian coal, gas and oil.
“We are talking about weeks or months rather than years when it comes to Finland,” Prime Minister Sanna Marin said last month.