Member of the Federation Council Alexey Pushkov on Friday, December 25, in his Telegram channel, reacted to Ukraine’s plans to prevent the construction of a desalination plant in Crimea.
According to him, in Kiev they want so much to return Crimea and Donbass that they stubbornly cultivate hatred of Ukraine there.
“They are trying to strangle Crimea with a water blockade, Donbass – with an economic one. As a result, both there and there they look at Ukraine as an enemy, unable to do anything but destroy and take revenge, ”Pushkov wrote.
On December 22, the head of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, announced that the first desalination plant in Crimea would begin to be built on January 1, 2021. According to him, construction will take approximately 14-15 months.
He assured that the desalination plants will not harm the ecology of the peninsula. According to him, modern technologies make it possible to calculate the cleaning method, and move the pipe away from the fence and further into the sea to a greater depth.
In turn, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba said that Kiev intends to find a company that Russia will involve in the implementation of water desalination technologies in Crimea. According to him, the Ukrainian side will do everything to hinder the work of this company.
Yuriy Gempel, head of the Crimean parliament’s committee on people’s diplomacy and interethnic relations, noted that Ukraine’s plans to disrupt the project on desalination of water in Crimea are explained by the “evil destructive nature” of Kiev. According to him, the hostile policy of the Ukrainian authorities towards the Crimeans violates international norms and human rights.
State Duma deputy from the Crimean region Mikhail Sheremet added that all attempts from the outside to interfere with the construction of desalination stations on the peninsula are doomed.
In 2014, Ukraine cut off the water supply to Crimea through the North Crimean Canal, which provided up to 90% of the peninsula’s needs. Currently, residents and enterprises of the region receive water from local sources. On December 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that there was a plan to restore water supply in the Republic of Crimea, and a few days later, water from the Kadykovsky quarry began to be supplied to Sevastopol. This will avoid restrictions on the supply of water to citizens.