Greenpeace NGO blocks Russian gas offloading in Finland


No European sanctions have been put in place on gas imports from Russia, unlike oil and coal.

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Greenpeace activists on Saturday (September 17th) blocked an unloading of Russian gas at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Tornio, northern Finland, AFP learned from terminal operators and the environmental organization. . “This is a cargo ship containing liquefied natural gas from Russia”, Olga Vaisanen, spokeswoman for the Finnish group Gasum, importer of the blocked delivery, told AFP. The action began in the early morning, said Mika Kolehmainen, director of Manga LNG, the terminal manager, contacted by AFP.

The operator said that activists were mounted on loading arms and that two boats were outside the terminal area, located very close to the Swedish border. Last week, Greenpeace activists also blocked an unloading of Russian gas at a natural gas terminal in Nynäshamn, near Stockholm, Sweden.

“It is totally unacceptable that Russian gas is still allowed to flow into Finland, more than six months after (Vladimir) Putin started his invasion of Ukraine”Greenpeace activist Olli Tiainen said in a statement. “The Finnish government and Prime Minister Sanna Marin must ban all Russian fossil fuel imports immediately”he added.

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There are currently no European sanctions on gas imports from Russia, only on oil and coal. Last Wednesday, however, tension rose a notch between Moscow and the European Union over Russian gas deliveries, with President Vladimir Putin threatening to cease all deliveries of hydrocarbons in the event of a price cap, a project relaunched the same day by Brussels.

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