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Finland prepared in case Russia cuts off gas, emergency committee says

Finland is gearing up for a possible gas cut-off, according to Finnish Media. Defence Minister of Finland told reporters that they were prepared in advance for such a step by Russian agencies.

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is ready to cope in the event that cuts off its supply of natural gas, the government's emergency preparedness committee said after a meeting on Friday.

Key Finnish politicians had been warned of a possible halt to gas exports by on Friday, Finnish newspaper Iltalehti reported on Thursday.

Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen told reporters he could not confirm the report while the Kremlin said the newspaper report was "most likely a hoax" and reiterated that state-owned gas company Gazprom remained a reliable gas supplier.

Gazprom did not reply to a Reuters request for a comment.

State-owned Gasgrid had no indication of any disruption to gas flows on Friday, a spokesperson told Reuters.

" is prepared for a suspension of Russian natural gas imports," the committee said in a statement.

The country imports most of its gas from neighbouring but gas accounts for only about 5% of its annual energy consumption.

However, losing that gas supply would mean industry giants like Neste and Metsa and also other

companies in the forestry, chemical and food industries would need to find alternative energy sources or adapt their production.

Finnish leaders on Thursday said the nation must apply to join the NATO military alliance "without delay" in a historic policy shift triggered by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Moscow said the move was a threat and warned it was ready to respond.

Last week the government said it was prepared for the possibility that Russia might cut off its gas supply in late May as a response to Finland's refusal to abide by Russian demands for payment in roubles.

Finland is also connected to the European gas network via the BalticConnector, a Finnish-Estonian pipeline that connects Finland with the Baltics which historically relied heavily on Russian gas but have diversified their supply using liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals and better connections with western Europe.

(Reporting by Anne Kauranen; editing by Gwladys Fouche and Jason Neely)

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First Published: Fri, May 13 2022. 18:04 IST