Russia’s Gazprom on Saturday halted gas exports to neighbouring Finland, the Finnish gas system operator said, the latest escalation of an energy payments dispute with Western nations.

Report informs, citing Reuters, that Gazprom Export had demanded that European countries pay for Russian gas supplies in roubles because of sanctions imposed over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, but Finland refuses to do so.

“Gas imports through Imatra entry point have been stopped,” Gasgrid Finland said in a statement.